Interview with Friday Phrases

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I recently had the honor of doing an interview with Friday Phrases, a Twitter-based Friday writing prompt/game. If you haven’t tried it, you absolutely should visit their Twitter feed on a Friday and start responding with your flash fiction and poetry. My experience with the game even led me to write a short story, “The Purpose of a Fence,” which they featured at the bottom of the post. The interview process was awesome, and they’re doing similar interviews with other writers… so it’s a great place to meet indie authors who you should know, but don’t. Here’s an excerpt:


#FP: Why do you write? What inspires you most about it?

NR: I write mostly because it feels good. I love doing it. I love creating. I exploring ideas. I love sharing, and reading. I write because I have to… it’s in my blood, and I don’t know what else I would ever do. I’m inspired by the challenge of getting better with every story, and by the conversations I can have with readers and other writers.

#FP: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? Plotter or Pantser?

NR: Usually, I start with a basic timeline/outline and abandon it around 1/3 or 1/2 of the way into a manuscript. The characters, once come to life, take control of the story almost immediately, and I realize that my plan for, say, Chapter 14, isn’t happening because the living characters wouldn’t go there… even if I wanted it for the on-paper versions of them. So, I guess I’m a Plotter with a heaping side of Pants.

#FP: What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

NR: Revision, and pitching. I love the process of revision, but I usually need a partner to help me see some of the things I’m missing. And the pitching process is fun, but it’s the most emotionally risky as it’s full of rejections and patient waiting for acceptance.


Read the rest on the Friday Phrases website:


Love, Nate

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