Grr(aphic) Mondays: Confessions of a writer.

So it looks like I’ve been tagged by my fellow blogger, Precarious Writer,  to do the confessions of a writer challenge. I really recommend checking hers out (after reading mine of course). This post will be a little longer than my average post, I am going to try and answer the questions in a concise manner so this doesn’t turn into an essay. First, I’ll quickly run through the rules:

Rules of the tag:

  • Please link back to A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly’s post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate!
  • Acknowledge the person who tagged you in your post.
  • Tag your friends and fellow writers – it’s up to you how many!
Got that? Okay, here we go:

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I started writing for fun in high school, at the time I wanted to be a doctor however. Most breaks I would spend writing short stories about me and my friends with the powers of Norse and Greek gods.

What genre do you write?

Name any genre and I have probably had a crack at it. I work in non-fiction. I specialise in comic book scripts and I’ve written short stories on every topic from erotica to science fiction (and even science fiction erotica).

Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

This is a really big question. Personally, I am currently working on a graphic novel and two comedy novels. I’ve been working on these projects over the last two years. I am also constantly working on BearSleuth and with Daily News Service, all of which started this year. If you want my most recent project that’s probably the British Comic Book Industry Spotlight over at Daily News Service, which is only a few weeks into it’s life. I have a few collaborations going on at the moment as well but I’ll mention that as it comes to fruition.

What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

I wrote a piece about shadow elephants fighting Vikings in year six. I remember being really proud of it, however, when I gave it to my class mates it was almost unreadable due to spelling errors. It really made me want to improve so I could share what was in my head with everyone. The shadow elephants may make a come back soon…

What’s the best part about writing?

It’s the closest thing to feeling like a god that a mere mortal can practise. In all seriousness, I write a lot to fuel my ego.

What’s the worst part about writing?

There is always more to say and never enough words to say it in.

What’s the name of your favourite character and why? (This can be from a book by another author or from your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well.)

Atticus Finch, for me he is the true ideal that every man should aspire to. Strong, principled, wise and loving.

How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

With my university work, my internship with Daily News Service and all my personal writing I normally write about four hours a day. I prefer to write in the evening but most of the time I just have to write when I have time.

Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?

I am currently attending my third year on the Creative Writing course at Winchester University.

What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?

Spelling errors, but I believe in content over accuracy. Which is really an excuse I use to let myself off the hook sometimes.

What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

You are not finished when there is nothing left to add. You are finished when there is nothing left to take away.

What advice would you give to another writer?

Don’t tell me you are working on something work on it, finish it and show it to me.

What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?

I follow Yahtzee Crowshaw and Charlie Brooker. Neither writer has done much in the way of writer’s tips but their ethos has bled into my own work and has given me the tools to survive out on the internet.

Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

American Football, weights, table top gaming, video gaming, comic collecting, lucid dreaming, meditation and swimming. I have a secret love of swimming but I haven’t been able to do it for a while.

What is the best book you’ve read this year?

If we’re talking comic books as well I would say The Red Road by Rozi Hathaway but if it’s just books I would have to say Dead Beat by Jim Butcher.

What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Birdman. No question the best film of the year.

What is your favourite book or series of all time?

Please don’t judge me here…I’m a huge Dresden Files fan, I can’t help it. I love pulp magic realism. So sue me.

Who is your favourite author?

Brian Michael Bendis. If you don’t know who he is you haven’t been following me for very long.

What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

Survive. I have so much going on at once at the moment, I just need to keep rolling with the punches.

Where else can we find you online?

Twitter: @Beartrails

Daily News Service:

…and that is this week’s Grr(aphic) Mondays! Check back on Wednesday for this week’s BearSleuth Opinion Piece!

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