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Thursday, 3 May 2012
Author interview no.22: Nigel Paul (revisited)
Back on June 23rd 2011, I interviewed author Nigel Paul, the twenty-second for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to the twenty-second of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, directors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. Today's is with multi-genre (poetry, lyrics, novels) author Nigel Paul. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate the author further. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here.
Morgen: Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer.
Nigel: From a young age I have always had an interest in books, particularly fiction. Music has always been very important to me and it was my interest in music that lead me to write. In my teens I became particularly interested in the lyrics of contemporary music, so much so that I started to write myself. I was always on the lookout for new and interesting subject matter and read more and more because of this. Now that I am in my forties I have become increasingly drawn to the idea of writing novels as an outlet for my creativity.
Morgen: What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Nigel: I have a broad range of interests that include media theory, politics, culture, psychology and sociology. I am keen to explore the relationships between these through novel writing. I am particularly interested in dystopian novels and satire.
Morgen: What have you had published to-date? How much of the marketing do you do?
Nigel: Nothing major as yet...watch this space: www.ndpworld.wordpress.com.
Morgen: What are you working on at the moment / next?
Nigel: I have a number of projects on the go. It’s the way I prefer to work, it helps me to maintain my interest. I have two novels that I am working on. One is an exploration of personal relationships in a cultural and media driven environment. The other is a dystopian novel that contemplates global segregation. I am also working on as portfolio of artwork and some photography too.
Morgen: Do you manage to write every day? What’s the most you’ve written in a day?
Nigel: I try to work on a 5 day, 9 to 5 basis. I aim for 2000 words a day on average. On a good day I have been known to write up to 10000. On a bad I just noodle around with pastels.
Morgen: What is your opinion of writer’s block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you ‘cure’ it?
Nigel: I know that writer’s block exists but I’m not sure if I have ever suffered from it. As I said earlier, I always have more than one project running concurrently. This allows me to change from one to the other and so maintain my interest. I am a great believer of writing for writing’s sake. I like to keep writing regardless of the quality or quantity. Sometimes it is very productive, sometimes not so. Either way, at least I am writing and therefore learning.
Morgen: Absolutely. It’s practice. :) Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
Nigel: Kind of. When I get an idea I just write lots until I can write no more. Then I go back and organise plots and characters and the like.
Morgen: Do you have pieces of work that you think will never see light of day?
Nigel: Plenty. I write a lot of poetry / lyrics that I doubt will ever be published. These are usually made up of ideas and scribblings that are not good enough to fit into my main projects.
Morgen: What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life?
Nigel: I love the feeling you get when you are on a creative roll. At these times I can’t write enough, draw enough, photograph enough. The buzz you get when you are being prolific and productive is a very pleasing feeling. I get very frustrated when I can’t find the space, time and/or peace required to work.
Morgen: I know that feeling and I’m sure most authors reading this can relate to it. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Nigel: Get your idea, find some space and go for it. Write, write, write.
Morgen: Sounds good to me. What do you like to read?
Nigel: Classics, dystopias, satire, biographies and comedy.
Morgen: Are there any writing-related websites and/or books that you find useful and would recommend?
Nigel: I always go back to Orwell’s ‘Why I Write’ essay, it inspires me and reminds me of why I have the desire to write.
Morgen: In which country are you based and do you find this a help or hindrance with letting people know about your work?
Nigel: I live in Cornwall in the UK.
Morgen: Oh nice. Daphne du Maurier county… bleak winter, landscapes, sea, pasties. :) Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how invaluable do you find them?
Nigel: I am a member of LinkedIn and have joined a few writers groups. I find the discussions on these useful and interesting and sometimes reassuring.
Morgen: Where can we find out about you and your work?
Nigel: As mentioned above: www.ndpworld.wordpress.com.
Morgen: I love your article ‘Dirtying the clean blank page’. Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Nigel: Thank you.
Morgen: You’re very welcome. Thank you for taking part.
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