Question 15:- Who are your role models in writing, at the moment? What is it that you most admire about them? Can you see reminders of both, their qualities and weaknesses, in yourself?
Lang Leav, Edgar Allan Poe, Paulo Coelho, Tyler Knott Gregson, C.S. Lewis, William Blake, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, etc. Oh this list could go on forever! #sigh
I could list 100s of writers that I can easily identify with. Each one on a different level, for different reasons and all at different times in my life. But the elements that keep that bond going strong is the following;
Their strength, convictions, courage, passion, grace, vulnerability, humanity, demons and compassion, etc. Again, another list that is endless.
Question 16:- Have you ever taken a writing course or a workshop or participated in any other writing event or group activity? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what has kept you from doing it, held you back or made you quit?
Honestly, no. I would see an advert or two from time to time over the internet. But it was either seriously bad timing or just not the right course for me.
Question 17 A:- Tell me what the critics are saying right now, in this or a parallel future reality, about your new book or equivalent piece of writing after you finally finished it and released it into the world – despite your fear, expectations or any other demons you have battled. What do you want them to say?
“Well voice and raw..”
“A new creatively new outlook on… Was not expected..”
“Better watch out for this new and upcoming writer, the darkness frightened me..”
Question 17 B:- So, after neutralizing yourself from outer expectations or any (dis)illusions of grandeur, what is it really about? What would make your Inner Critic sleep well at night and feel like Yes, Maybe This Shit Was Worth It After All? Say you have died, and this Inner Critic stays behind to write a goodbye note in the third person that commemorates your work. What would make you Rest In Peace? Write it below. Copy this paragraph on a post-it, put it in every corner of your house, and read it at least 100 times each day.
There are six reasons anyone does anything: Love. Faith. Greed. Boredom. Fear. Revenge. – Joe Solomon
This is a work of all six.