[interviews] Time for a new reader interview with me – taking your questions

Well, the last reader interview went pretty well. In case you missed it, see here [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

Now it’s time to do another one. I’ll take questions in this comment thread to assemble into an interview in the next week or two. So ask me about writing, cancer, parenting, life, myself, whatever. Be creative!

Extra credit if your question is in the form of a photo, haiku or something else unusual but still intelligible.

8 thoughts on “[interviews] Time for a new reader interview with me – taking your questions

  1. Deboree says:

    melting spring lake
    myriad floating ideas —
    scooping the perfect blossom?

  2. Michael Carychao says:

    arching through the mind
    does span of control disperse
    shadows out from life?

  3. Matt H says:

    After reading many of your shorts and probably half of your novels to date I would say I have a pretty good feel for your “style” or “niche”. Some things I’ve been curious about regarding individual style:
    A) Is a unique style something you’ve intentionally set out to develop or is it something that’s evolved organically?
    B) Is it something you consciously think about as you develop a particular story or not at all?
    C) Has your approach to style changed during the course of your writing career?


  4. Mark Siegal says:

    Three related writing questions:

    1. When did you get the idea for Original Destiny, Manifest Sin?

    2. Did you instinctively know you weren’t ready to write that novel yet, or did you only find out by trying to write it first?

    3. How can a newbie writer tell the difference between “I’m not skilled enough yet to write this particular novel” vs. “I’m too scared to try and keep pushing until I’m finished”?

  5. C.S. Cole says:

    Writing in a vacuum isn’t good for those who aim for publication one day. Sooner or later, the work has to pass before someone else’s eyes for critique/helpful pointers. Regardless, and for any variety of reasons, I often find myself stuck without a single soul to bounce ideas off of or a pair of educated, trust-worthy eyes to evaluate the work (trust-worthy being key here).

    Other than throwing up one’s hands and yelling, “Don’t give up looking for a writing community that fits!” What would be your advice to us vacuum-dwellers? (Or have I already answered the question?)


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