Soren James is a writer and visual artist who recreates himself on a daily basis from the materials at his disposal, continuing to do so in upbeat manner until one day he will sumptuously throw his drained materials aside and resume stillness without asking why.
1. How long have you been writing and what got you started?
I thought I’d been writing most of my life, but it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I actually began to apply myself and finish things.
2. What is the best piece of advice you have for new writers?
Write without caring how it’s ‘done’ – make/allow words to happen the way you want them to.
3. Are there any writing resources, such as books or websites, you’d like to recommend?
I got a lot from Sol Stein’s book On Writing but otherwise, see the above answer.
4. What is your favorite type of fiction and who are your favorite authors?
Beckett I find inescapable. Don B. and John Barth I enjoy. Vonnegut I keep meaning to read more of.
5. What tips do you have for finding time to write?
I sometimes need tips on how to step away from writing, so I’m not the person to ask.
6. Do you prefer to outline a story in advance or write on the fly? Why?
I use both methods – and others, but I’m more partial to writing on the fly because it seems an easier/faster way to discover the unknown.
7. How do you deal with rejections?
I move on – they get easier over time.
8. What are your writing goals for the next twelve months?
Write longer and better pieces.
9. For the next five years?
Get a couple of novels out there.
10. Is there anything you’d like to plug? Feel free to share a link.
My website (which is predominantly my visual arts): http://sorenjames.moonfruit.com/