Linda Crate–Interview

Describe your creative space. Do you work at home, in public spaces, etc.?

Usually, at home. I can write anywhere, though. I’ve sent poems off whilst at my best friend’s house as she was still sleeping, at my parent’s house when they’ve left me behind to do something, and I have even written outside. However, I wouldn’t recommend the latter as bugs are annoying.

What kind of materials do you use? Do you write by hand or type? What is your favorite writing utensil?

My computer, my notepads, my phone. I do both—writing by hand usually when in a public setting. If not, I will attach little notes to my phone to remember an idea later.

What is your routine for writing?

I work night shift so I normally spend the morning to the afternoon writing before leaving to work around 3:30ish. On my days off I will just get up, turn up some music, and get to it.

How long have you been writing? When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was five or six so twenty-six years.

Who is your intended, or ideal, audience? Who do you write for?

I don’t have any particular audience I try to  appeal to. Whomever is moved and touched by my writing I do appreciate, but I write for myself. I write because I have a song to sing, and I hope that others can relate to that in some way.

What inspires you to write? If you are blocked, what do you do?

Anything and everything. I am constantly inspired by other authors, things that have happened in my life, the weather, songs. I always have ideas, it seems.

If I am blocked then I take a break and go outside or just listen to some music or  cook (I love cooking). I don’t try to force anything. I just let the words come back to me.

What other things do you do besides writing? Do you dance or play golf, etc.?

Reading, swimming, spending time with friends and family, shopping, listening to music and dancing, singing, crafting, occasionally acting, I used to roleplay a lot  (forum based ones), cooking and baking,  taking adventures out into nature, watch anime and manga, etc.

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

I love when you get in your groove and the words start flowing and you put one word after another word and somehow it’s become this story or poem. The musicality of words has always entranced and intrigued me.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?

Dreams don’t work unless you do. If you want this, really want this, then don’t give up. There’s going to be critics, people who hate your work simply because it’s you, rejection letters, and bad days. But if you keep on going despite all that, it’s really rather rewarding.

Check out Linda’s work in Volume 3, Issue 2.

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