Today on the Blog Ring of Power I have Rhys Jones/DC Farmer, one of the members of the Scene 13 group blog. We're currently discussing his writing life. For other parts of his interview, please check the links below:
Part One (About You)--Emily
Part Three (The Creative Process) 6/18/13--Dean
Part Four (About Your Current Work) 6/19/13--Terri
Part Five (Words of Wisdom) 6/20/13--Theresa
is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use
pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks,
I work in a hospital every day, so my writing is done at home. I’m
lucky enough to have a home office (a shed) where I can escape and
crawl inside my own head. A place where no one else is allowed or would
want to go to--my head, not the shed. I write first drafts as a vomited
scribble with old fashioned pen and paper. The transfer onto the
computer is often done by voice recogntiion software. Once there the
actual fun begins.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?
My kids are all grown up and I have a very understanding wife.
When do you write?
Mainly in the mornings. I’m an early bird, generally up by 5.30 or six. This means I can do an hour or more before going to work.
How much time per day do you spend on your writing?
As many as I can. two to three on normal (doctoring) days. eight to ten on weekends.
What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author?
Stick to the day job.
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?
I still face rejection now and again. (I’m sort of still looking for an agent). But
I know it’s purely professional. A business decision. Nothing personal (
who am I kidding, I have all their names in a little black book). One
day— mwahahaha. Negative reviews I try not to read. Too energy sapping. Walk away, do not respond.