Today we’re excited to welcome Robert Swartwood to the blog. Robert is an accomplished author who has been awarded Finalist for the 2012 Micro Award, recognizing outstanding flash fiction. In fact, Robert is so awesome that he’s the only person to be recognized by the Micro Award for four different stories (finalist ’09, finalist ’10, runner-up ’11, finalist ’12). Our chat with Robert:
- What is your earliest writing memory?
- My most vivid memory is back when I was in middle school and had written a short story for some class — science class, I think. The story wasn’t great, but none of my classmates wrote stories, so they were impressed. One classmate even offered to buy the story from me (he always did silly stuff like that). I turned him down. I never made any money off that story, so apparently I should have made the deal.
- What does your writing space look like?
- Cluttered. Besides my desktop computer, papers and pens and notepads and books and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Just … cluttered.
- Describe your writing process.Is it structured (scheduled time devoted to writing and word count goals) or more free-form (when inspiration strikes)?
- I wish it was structured. Every day I tell myself I’ll create a structure. Every day I tell myself I’ll start it tomorrow. The trick is just sitting your butt down in front of the computer (or whatever writing tool you use) and write. Trying to find the time to write is not realistic; making the time to write is. Continue Reading