was that you who had that writers’ desks blog? or was that somebody else? i liked that blog.Yeah that was me. Good memory! That was a long time ago. I ran out of steam with that. Although I’ve got a few more followers now than I had back then so maybe it’d take off a bit better now. I dunno, it’s a good idea but it just doesn’t feel like something I’m ever going to bother doing. I might, I do find it interesting. Someone should do it. You should do it, Devan. I bet there’s a coffee-table-book-deal waiting out there with your name on it. I’ll co-run it with you if you want. That’s the best I can do.
Save yourself the pain.
The price of companionship,
but if one fiercely desires it
it all becomes
Unlike time, I’m obliged to say.
friend of mine,
save yourself the pain.
Did you know I have the twitter?
If anyone has a friendly bone to pick with anything dumb or good or confusing within those answers then lay it on me. I’ma go eat banana toffee pie, drink a tea and watch a film. Hasta mañana, fuckers
Q:So many! I love your blog and your writing and I really wish you like the questions! Have a gorgeous day! :)
Okay I’m done, I’m not even going to ask you who you are but I hope you enjoyed those answers. Some of them were good in places I think. Thanks for asking and following and all, assuming you do, I really quite enjoyed that. You have a good night too now y’hear. .
Q:Which authors do you think have influenced you most? Which books?
Okay, the thing is, I count the books that I’ve read since I started, like, writing properly as separate from those that I read prior to that. I feel like I read those ones before but didn’t really read them. I could talk to you about them but not so much from an author’s POV. But in the last five years or so I’ve just been mostly pounding through modern classic lit. So don’t judge me too hard for the lack of diversity or modernity below, I tend to read whole author catalogues and only occasionally do I dip into contemporary stuff, that’s all scheduled for a few years down the line when I feel better read. So the main authors are these people I guess:
Hunter S. Thompson, Tolkien, Philip Larkin, Alain Fournier, Sartre, Gide and Camus, Bret Easton-Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Salinger, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Richard Matheson, Asimov, Du Maurier, Conrad, Kafka, Woolf. I’ve left a lot off but I think these ones have had the biggest impacts on me. I’ve read a lot of other good authors but not who’ve done as much for me as this lot. I own’t go into individual books. I’ve read most of most of those, or I’ve tried to.
Q:How do you see the point of novels?
The point of novels?
I suppose to illuminate the exterior world for us in some way, and in doing so illuminate the interior too.
I mean I haven’t written one yet, in full. I imagine every author who has written a novel has their own reasons though, and goals. I think I’d just want any novels I write in the future to help people to feel a bit better about having to go outside of their front doors. I think books are perfect for that kind of thing. I think all art should have that goal really: to make the world seem more conquerable, in small ways. Also I’m aiming to fill my novels with comedy. Really really really dark comedy. I want about 8% of the population to find them HILARIOUS, as well as brilliantly written.
Q:I’ve got one of your books and plan to buy more. How was self-publishing for you?
It was pretty easy. It’s a pretty easy process. I was kinda using self-publishing as a lo-fi way just to get things out there to people in a physical, tactile, sensory way. I like all that stuff. Screens can get so dull, especially to read from. So I see them as like, zines really, or what zines were thirty years ago. And the best thing is it doesn’t cost me anything really. I don’t need to sink money into printing and posting and stuff, just time into the production.
I mean I don’t sell tons or make any money, really, but that’s because I wanted them to be cheap and accessible, rather than profitable. Maybe I got that wrong and I should have just made one book and priced it high, but I prefer this way. And I’m proud of them. That’s important. There’s some real good stuff in those books. It’s not real publishing, no, but if I’d waited for real publishing opportunities in this day and age then I’d be a fucking idiot.
Plus I love putting the poetry collections together. Ordering them into these cohesive wholes is so satisfying. They start as scribbles in the notebook and then a few months later a bunch of them are print outs scattered on the floor and then you sit in the middle of them and shuffle them into an order and reshuffle and swap until you’re happy and then all of a sudden you’re holding a collection. It feels good. It must be how musicians feel when an album’s finally done, but lesser, maybe. But yeah, I quite like self-publishing. I think I’m done with it for a while now though. I put out four this year. FOUR!
Q:Do you think you’ll ever write novels?
I’m going to try and get one drafted while I’m over in Spain this year.
Q:Do you prefer writing poetry or prose?
Prose. I feel like it’s much more rewarding when you write good prose. I can fluke a good poem if I’m in the right mood, you can’t fluke prose, not for long. And prose feels much more substantial to me. I can write a poem in the time it takes to write it down, but prose takes a bit more thought and consideration. I like both though. I like all writing. I need to finish learning more about the other forms. Screen-plays and stage-plays and literary essays and all that jazz. Song lyrics and comedy routines and magazine pieces, all of it. Preferences change with mood. I just go with what’s coming at the time and return to it later for the editing and the hard work. when you feel good you gotta get it down, when you feel bad you gotta get more down and not worry about how it feels. I haven’t quite got it all figured out yet but I’m getting there.
Q:Who inspires you to write?
Mostly dead writers. Also readers. Also myself.
Q:I noticed you mentioned typing things up. Do you write everything by hand first?
Mostly. Sometimes I type things up digitally from the off if I know they’re going to be very long or if I’m in a rush but generally things go down in a notebook with a fountain pen. We had to - like actually had to - use fountain pens at my primary school from the age of 5 or 6 or something and I’ve just never stopped. I love them. I like the rhythm of writing by hand too. Feels more natural. Especially for writing poetry. I never type poems first unless it’s because I’ve no other recourse and I’m worried about forgetting it. The usual process is this:
Write in notebook -> Type up / edit -> Publish if it’s for Tumblr or Print and edit hard-copy with red if it’s a story or something for a book -> Type up changes. Repeat hard-copy editing if necessary, rarely is.
I think that’s pretty standard stuff but everyone has their own ways. That just seems to work for me. Especially the print-out and red ink part, that’s my favourite.
Q:How regularly do you write? Do you have a routine?
Not regularly enough, recently. I haven’t been very settled this year so not much in the way of routine or rituals or any of that shit, either. In terms of writing or sleep or life in general really. I’m always jotting things down but I’m not much of a creature of routine. I often feel I could be but then the time comes to sleep and everything falls apart. I could have a very happy routine but it would never fit into a 24 hour day. I would like something like a four and a half day week with extra long days. Fuck solar-centric sleep patterns. Who wants that? Essentially what I mean is, I write best when I’m completely detached from societal routines. I imagine that’s common though. I detest the necessity for alarm clocks. Alarm clocks are evil.