Steve Wade, LISP Short Story FINALIST by INTO WATERS DEEP
LISP Short Story FINALIST, INTO WATERS DEEP BY Steve Wade
- How often do you write? Do you have a writing routine? And what inspires you to write?
Morning time is the best time for me to write. Alas, I get hungry sometimes and have, like most people, to go to work. I therefore try to put in at least three hours writing every evening. I really don’t need inspiration. I get going as soon as I sit before the computer screen. That said, I particularly enjoy writing to a theme, when it’s provided by a writing competition.
- How does it feel to have your work recognised?
This is something I never tire of. I especially enjoy seeing my words on the printed page. But, of course, those times when I’ve won First Prize are extra satisfying. To know that your work has been adjudged the best gives you reassurance that your stories have touched others emotionally and that they get it.
- What's the best thing and the most challenging thing about writing a Story?
Writing is a way of transporting yourself to another place, another world even. You can go where you want to, become somebody or something else. I’m as contented writing from the point of view of a ten-year-old boy as I am from the rhomboid eyes of a wolf. As for the challenging aspect, I would change that to challenging in a good way. The rewriting to get the words right, to rob Hemmingway’s words, is as rewarding as it is challenging.
- How did you come up with the idea for your LISP selected story? Is there a story behind your story? And, how long have you been working on it?
The story came about by the many anecdotes and reports of those who are more financially secure than most of us, but end up in a place that, for them, is as alien as their social and economic situation is for their opposites.
- Can you please give us a few tips about writing a Story?
We all have our own methodologies. But, for me, it’s important to read widely in the genre that interests you. Equally important is to understand the structure of the short story. There are many books out there on aspects of writing in general – creating a character, writing dialogue, plot, beginnings, description and so on. All writers should immerse themselves in both the study of writing along with reading the greats, like James Joyce, Raymond Carver, and John Steinbeck.
- What's the best thing and the most challenging thing about competitions?
In the present-day climate, where it’s terribly difficult to find a publisher willing to publish your work, competitions give the writer something to aim at, something achievable. And then, hopefully, with some placings, wins and publications behind you, you are in a better position to approach publishers who publish in your area of interest. As to the challenging aspect of competitions, it’s natural that certain judges may not appreciate either your storyline or your writing. The challenge is to keep tapping away and submitting your best work.
- Lastly, do you recommend the writers give a go on LISP?
Yes, besides reading the how-to books and the great writers, as I’ve already suggested, it’s paramount that you pit yourself against your peers, or those who are pursuing the same writing goals as you. LISP is an excellent forum in which to do this.
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