Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Interview with John Ling.

My pal, John Ling, is interviewed by Xeus on her blog about his short story, Zero Sum, that appears in the new short story collection, Dark City 2:
What are your writing habits? Why do you write?

I tend to write in terms of 'scenes', not necessarily 'chapters'. Once a 'scene' is completed, I'm done for the day, and I will spend the remainder of my time polishing up what I have written. I don't usually find it productive to simply bang out thousands of words at one go, because two-thirds are likely to be eliminated anyway. Admittedly, I am fussy. I tend to under-write, rather than over-write. My reasoning is: it's better to leave readers wanting more, instead of wanting less.

Writing for me has always been less of a choice, and more of an compulsion.
John Ling ends with a quote that sounds like it came out of Galaxy Quest (Shows how much of a nerd I am, huh!):
Keep pushing on, keep persevering, don't give up.
I haven't gotten round to reading Dark City 2 yet but I do have it on my TBR pile. Also, my name appears on the back cover. How cool is that?

Haha!

But for what reason? Beats me!

2 comments:

  1. I really ought to watch that movie! Been hearing so many awesome things about it. =)

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