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    Tags: , Steve Tomasula, Themes, Video,   

    Q & A with Steve Tomasula 

    Snippets from a video interview with Steve Tomasula (http://www.stevetomasula.com/).
    Watch the full video interview at http://vimeo.com/30612848

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    RAG: Where do you like to work and create?
    Steve: More and more I work at the kitchen table. I do a lot of drafting on the laptop–print out…hundreds of pages and just laying them on the floor, cutting them up and trying to rearrange.

    RAG: Tell us about the themes you prefer to write and why you feel it’s important to address them.
    Steve: I had a poet friend once tell me how lucky novelists were because they only have to come up with one idea every five years. Somehow that resonated because I think in my case I’ve only had to come up with one idea ‘cause they all in a certain sense work with this idea of representation and how we depict each other and the consequences of how we depict each other.

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    Tags: Advice, Amina Cain, , Tips, Video,   

    Q & A with Amina Cain 

    Snippets from a video interview with Amina Cain (http://aminacain.com).
    Watch the full video interview at http://vimeo.com/30611803

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    RAG: Where do you like to write?
    Amina: I probably do fifty percent of my writing while in bed, in pajamas. The other fifty percent, either at my desk, at my study, or sometimes in other rooms of the house, sometimes outside.

    RAG: When do you write? What state do you have to be in to write?
    Amina: I don’t really have to be in any state. My favorite time to write is in the evening. There’s something about dusk that I really like and kind of naturally gravitate towards when writing. I don’t have set hours.

    RAG: What do you know now about writing that you didn’t know when you first started?
    Amina: I think sometimes young writers worry like, “Okay, if I can’t write every day, what does this mean about me if I’m not someone who’s writing everyday, of If I don’t have a certain kind of discipline?” And what I’ve found in my own life is just sort of trusting the process and seeing that writing does get done in many different kinds of ways….there are lots of different ways to carve out a writing life.

     
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