Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Paul Beckman. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“You can do whatever you want as long as you tell the reader what you’re doing.” —Alice Mattison
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I write because I like the process. I like the creation and creativity it affords me. I get to play God and have my characters act out, act up, misbehave, behave in a saint-like manner and in all of these pay the consequences or reap the rewards. I get to understand my past and present in multiple ways and don’t worry about the future unless I choose to do so. I write in a quiet office in my home and not ever in coffee shops or public unless I’m making notes for stories. I no longer listen to music when I write unless it’s a motivational track for a specific genre like crime and then a little Noir-ish music with a sax goes a long way. I can laugh at something I’ve just written or feel morose or vindicated or all of the other emotions. I can go out of my way to go out of my way only to come back to the starting point to make a point. This is the best luxury and freedom that’s not taxed. If I didn’t write I would have a void in my life and I don’t want that ever again.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Published recently by Beautiful Loser’s Magazine my flash story, “Changing of the Guard“.
Paul Beckman was one of the winners in the Queen’s Ferry 2016 Best of the Small Fictions. He’s had over 300 stories published. His latest collection, “Peek”, weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.