- What’s your favorite thing about writing?
If I start sweating, then I know I’m doing it right.
- How often do you get new ideas? A thousand a second, or every 12 years when the moon is full and the stars align?
I get ideas all the time. A great many of them I never execute on because I’ll be in no situation or condition to write them down. For this reason, I will forget many ideas. But I’m not sure if that’s totally true. (The forgetting.) It’s possible that when I “forget” an idea it’s because it was not ready to come out, yet. And so I just have to wait until it does come out as something else later on.
- Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?
Favorite author I don’t know personally: Martin Amis (I don’t know him, but I did speak to him in a Barnes and Noble once)
Favorite author I do know: Sara Lippmann
- What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?
London Fields. It reminds me of the end game—what I want prose to sound like.
- What kind or creative rituals or patterns do you have?
My healthy ritual is music. I need loud music to clear out self doubt.
My unhealthy ritual is alcohol. It serves the same function as music, but it’s more foolproof.
Bonus question: If the last thought you had last night before falling asleep was an animal, what would it be?
A rabbit. A frightened rabbit.
(Also the name of my favorite band.)
I like that idea about ideas. I’ll have to remember that. Or rather wait and see if it’s worthy of being remembered (I suspect it is). Here’s something worth remembering: Writers & Words is tomorrow, July 11th at Charmingtons!