Hello my little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing okay. I am actually going out today to see if I can donate blood so that is going to be really fun. I also went to the DMV yesterday and I now finally understand why ZooTopia hard all of the DMV people as sloths because they honestly are. I was in there for about 3 hours and we didn’t really get anything done but that is okay since I was able to go to a restaurant after. How is your weekend going so far? Mine is pretty much the same and I am going to catch up on some reading hopefully this week because YallWest is coming up real soon and I want to read some of the book before I go there so I don’t look like a complete doofus.
Anyways, Why don’t we get ahead to the interview?
When did you first start writing?
I began writing at the age of fourteen. I had always been an avid reader; however, writing was something I never tried. I was always very creative, even as a child. As the only child of my family, it was up to me to entertain myself, so perhaps it was destiny that I write stories. After all, I spent so much of my childhood using my imagination!
If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?
“Don’t give up, Peter.” In this industry, it’s very easy to get discouraged from a lack of perceived success. In the years since I’ve started writing, I’ve brought my head out of the clouds and decided to set reasonable goals for myself so I wouldn’t get discouraged. Don’t get me wrong, I still do once in a while, but I have to remind myself that people are reading my work, and I should be both grateful and proud of that. I am.
While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
Editing is of crucial importance to me. I’m not big on writing multiple drafts. For me, it simply doesn’t work. I think each writer has a method that works for them. Editing for me is going through the story, ensuring that any sub-plots are closed and questions are answered. I also ensure that characters have a unique voice, are well-developed, and contribute to the plot. If not, I must fix them. Also, I read negative reviews of my books. (Crazy, I know!) Naturally, I want everyone to love my books; however, that isn’t practical. There will be people who find things that they don’t like, and if they leave a thoughtful, constructive review, I will be first in line to listen. I want to improve! I want to learn my craft so I can write better with each project! I take constructive feedback and ensure that I pay close attention to any areas mentioned in past reviews when editing my current book. This method may not work for other writers, but I turn a negative into a plus!
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do and I just got over a bad case of it! For two-weeks, I was unable to write a word. It’s as though the story just left my head. I had been sick for a week, so that didn’t help, but yes, I did struggle getting back to writing. It’s awful. I think it’s a burning-out of your brain. Writing is an exercise for the brain. We are creating an entire world and the people who live within, while balancing a story’s plot. It’s hard-work, and eventually, the brain will fizzle out. I believe in finding the balance of feeding my creativity and feeding off of it. I think that helps keep you from encountering writer’s block.
Any tips on how to go through a dreaded writer’s block?
Well, there are two ways to go about it, and I do it in this order. First — I give myself the time off. Yes, I let the writer’s block stop me. To me, this is a sign that I need the break. However, after one week, if it hasn’t passed, then I go into my second part of forcing myself to sit down and write. When I finally sit at the computer for the first time, I will re-read two chapters and ensure that I am caught up. It’s been so bad that I’ve forgotten I killed off a character in a past book, so making sure you’re caught up on the book is a crucial step in finding your footing with writing again. Once I finish re-reading the last two chapters, I begin to think of where the story is going next. Usually, I have this written down, but I let my brain do the thinking. I want to get my head into the story because that’s ultimately where the story will come from. Sometimes, forcing yourself to write will help you overcome the barrier you’ve encountered.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Occasionally I’ll write an outline on one of my three typewriters from the 1940s and 50s. I collect them because I think they are cool conversation pieces and useful forms of a past technology. I don’t write my novels on them because I’d have to rewrite them on my computer. For writing I work on my computer in either Scrivener or Microsoft Word. I would love to be able to dictate stories; however, my mouth doesn’t work quick enough to tell the story. The same thing applies with writing longhand. I write very slowly with a pen, so I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my story as it presents itself in my imagination. For me, typing on a computer is the only way I can work sadly.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part of writing is not having enough time to do it! As a full-time college student and working a part-time job, it’s tough finding the time to write; however, I do my best to schedule in time. When I have free time, I use it wisely. I am able to write around 2,000 words in an hour — sometimes more — and I am grateful I can write so quickly to make up for my busy schedule.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
From initial conception to publishing, on average, it takes me around four months, which I think is very fast. If I didn’t have other adult duties, I’d be able to cut this off by two months; however, four months is still good to me!
What made you want to write this book?
On social media, I see how often we give ratings to things — books, movies, restaurants, etc. I thought, “What would it be like if we rated humans?” And from that, the story was born. The characters struck me so strongly, so I knew I needed to write this book to find out about them.
What word would sum up your book, The Voting Game?
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
I expect to see shorter stories. Long gone are the days of the 1,000 page novel. With our attention being divided among so many mediums of entertainment, writers will need to adapt to shorter attention spans. It’s sad, but I think that’s where we are going. I think we are going to see more online forms of sharing stories, but I don’t think physical books will ever go away.
How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
Readers and hopefully soon-to-be-readers can find out more about me on my Facebook page, my YouTube channel, my Twitter, Instagram, and website (www.petergulgowski.com). I love interacting with my readers, so don’t be afraid to stop by and say, “Hello!”
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