How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I wait until the next day, when I know I will look at passages of writing with a different attitude and eye. If it still causes me doubt, I experiment with diverse ways to express until it feels right. The finished work of art often causes me much trepidation upon publication. This is compounded by the fact that I am always striving to be original. By working diligently at eschewing formulaic practices, I put myself in the precarious position of inventing a work that requires a like-minded audience who more often than not, dwell on the fringe. Despite these ongoing insecurities, the NEED to be creative dominates. So I push the ego away and drawing on instinct I carryon on regardless.
What scares you the most?
Not having the freedom or health to be creative. Climate change.
What makes you happiest?
When my ideas are flowing, and completing a work that I have spent a long time developing.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Tenacity and discipline
What’s your weakest character trait?
Indecisive, self critical, and anxious
Why do you write?
I write to deal with an overactive imagination, and as a refuge away from the mundane and myself. As I always feel very relaxed after a writing session, I view this activity as therapy.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Although I have dabbled with creative writing in the past, having penned poetry in my early twenties, I only started writing creatively a few years ago. As a professional dancer over many years, it necessitated that I compose programme notes for the many shows I created. I also wrote numerous grant applications. A form of writing I deplore, due to the style of language one requires to adopt in order to be comply with policy makers. This time consuming, and largely thankless task, actually acted as a deterrent to writing as a past time.
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Genre - Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Rating - PG-16