Saturday Spotlight for October 27th, 2012
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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing.
I've been writing for about... six years? But a lot of that was fanfiction. When it comes to original stuff, I'm a right newbie - I've really only been writing for two years or so. I appreciate my fanfic background though; those days taught me a lot about keeping characters consistent and playing in someone else's sandbox. I was always a stickler for keeping my stories as close to the original incarnations as possible.
The other thing I learned from those days was concision. I'm pretty good at getting to the point, without sacrificing too many details. Now that I write flash fiction, that's a great gift. The only problem is that I kinda lost my ability to write longer things; the thought of writing a novel blows my mind. I consider 1000 words to be stretching my limits, never mind what some people are doing for NaNo.
I consider myself more of a prose author than a poet, but lately that has more to do with some sort of loyalty to prose; poetry has become increasingly dominant in a few ways. I guess it's because I'm often just playing around with a prose piece, where poetry is all about craft right out of the starting gate.
Recently I've begun to delve into the world of creative nonfiction and I've been very pleased with the results. I don't have a particularly exciting life, but I'm learning how to make it interesting all the same when I write about it.
2. How do you feel about dA as a literature community?
I feel like dA has a lot of advantages that you can't get anywhere else, and this overshadows the (admittedly more vocal) disadvantages. I get a wide array of perspectives and experiences here, and therefore have many different lenses with which to examine my work. I don't necessarily want my work to be universally appealing, but I believe all feedback is worth having.
I really enjoy the constant flurry of contests and prompts and challenges - I'm rarely at a loss for inspiration. I like the reciprocal nature of the community. I am constantly bombarded with great stuff that gets delivered right to my inbox and I love stumbling on a gem buried deep (VERY deep) into the "Newest" page. Everything you want is out there if you'll just look for it.
3. How often do you find those gems? Once a day? Once a week? A few times a week?
It depends - as far at the "Newest" page goes, I find things there very rarely. There's just too much RP/fanfic to wade through (ALL of which is miscategorized and ticks me off to no end).
I prefer hunting through Favorites; I do so once a week for my journal features, hunting down lit. that needs more attention, which I often send to DLD later. I really try to find less well known authors; I like to do a stat check when I drop by profiles, just to gauge the general atmosphere.
4. You mentioned that you're starting to write creative nonfiction. For those who don't know what that is, can you summarize it? How do you go about writing creative nonfiction?
It's exactly what it sounds like - nonfiction with a creative slant. Where something like journalism is only about communicating the facts, creative nonfiction is factually accurate, but puts more emphasis on craft. It's not enough to say "this is what happened" - that's an article, a report. Which has its place, but that place isn't really in the creative realm. I don't have a particularly exciting life, but I'm learning how to write in a way that makes the ordinary interesting. I think that's a great skill to cultivate.
I started writing it over the summer, so I'm REALLY new at this game and I have a lot to learn. I'm even considering taking a course on it next semester. I'd written about friends before, and used events and characteristics inspired by people I knew, but never truly wrote anything I'd call nonfiction until recently.
Anyway, the thing that pushed me to write about my life was this absolutely amazing teacher I had over the summer; I loved his classes and just had to write about him. Partly because he was so interesting to me, but also because he was incredibly kind to me that summer, letting me sit in on his classes and hang out in the department and helping me out with my writing projects - I just wanted to do something for him in return, and writing was the only thing I had.
5. What other literature groups are you involved with?
The first group I ever got involved with was #SixWordStories
and I'm still there. I love super-short stories. Not long after that, I was brought on to the team at #theWrittenRevolution
to help out with contests and I'm still plugging away over there as well. I ran #Sky-Scapes
for a while, but turned over leadership when it became clear that I was putting down roots in the literature community. I started #Biblioclasts
, but that group seems to have been put on the back burner for a while.
Right now, the bulk of my group time is split between #EliteLiterature
and DLD. I moderate applications over at EL and help out behind the scenes. And DLD keeps me busy hunting down literature to feature and putting together interviews every week. And yes, I posted my own interview. I'm a tool that way
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