You come into this world alone and you leave this world alone, which got me thinking about whether that world even existed before I came into it and will it exist after I leave it.
What’s your typical writing day like? Do you prefer silence? Lots of coffee?
I like to write in the afternoon. I prefer total silence, no distractions. I write on a desktop computer with a huge screen. Can’t do it on a laptop.
How do you approach the writing process, from idea, to planning, to final draft? How much prep do you feel you need to do before you feel ready to start writing?
For me, it all starts with the first paragraph of the book. Once I get that down on paper, then it’s off to the races. As all authors know, I don’t write the book; the book writes itself and goes in whatever direction it wants to. Kind of like a runaway train.
What is your favourite word and why?
Really. It’s a noun and a verb and an adjective and even an exclamation point.
What songs would feature on a playlist for your novel?
“Old Man” by Neil Young.
Holden Caulfield. To compare notes on life.
Do you think plot or character is more important when creating a story and what other elements do you feel are important?
Character is more important than plot. And for me, dialogue is more important than character.
What’s next for you?
Another book, titled “999’s Report”
Which fictional world would you like to visit and why?
Tomorrow every day.
Any advice for new writers?
As the Nike ad says, “Just do it.”
About Don Waitt:
He self-published a novel, Leaving Early, and a chapbook, Police Stories, a few years ago, and has had stories published in New Pop Lit and Spork Press.
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At age 52, Chester Fortunberry has the revelation that he alone exists on the planet. He embarks on a journey to discover if his revelation is true.
Along the way he is kidnapped by a Master Chef, befriended by a disappearing hitchhiker, served tea and cookies by a Korean War vet, counseled by his scotch-swilling Uncle, smokes a cigar with his dead father, survives a gun battle, and finally finds his answer on a desolate beach talking to a young boy who can not speak.
All while attempting to unravel the mystery of time, and the questions of where do we come from, why are we here, and where do we go next?
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