- Tell us about how you write!
- How much do you usually write? Do you write daily? Weekly? I try to write daily, but quite honestly: it doesn’t always work like that. Since I have many things started (articles, prose, screenplays, poetry and songs) I myself sometimes don’t realize that I did write during the day.
- What part of the day do you prefer to write? Night. The best and calmest, so I can concentrate but not good if I need to wake up in the morning.
- What do you do if you’re out of ideas? I despair. Sometimes I make notes and notes until a new idea appears from them.
- Do you outline your writing first or do you start right in on the first draft? There’s literally no rule for that. Some stories are written better just with this flow and some need to be outlined. The worst part is when you mistake one for the other.
- Do you prefer hand writing or do you write on a computer? Songs and poetry almost only with hand. Prose and articles mostly on the computer. I find handwriting better for concentration, but sometimes it takes just too much to write the stuff down.
- Where do you like to write? for example at home, in a coffee shop etc. I somehow find very effective writing in travel. Hostels, café’s, buses of even the desert. I guess it comes from the fact that this environment relieves me from any pressure: I rarely expect myself to write something good, while doing so much other stuff… And that’s when the good stuff comes.
- Are your stories typically character-centered or plot-centered? Mostly plot-centered, but it’s hard to make those general rules.
- Who is your literary role model and why? Victor Hugo for his ability to create in multiple writing forms and Jack London for his capacity of joining a life of adventures with sensitivity and a cause-related prose.
- How did you make your music video? What was your part in it?
I guess, we are talking about this one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6penWN_lVso
I was an author of the lyrics for the song and as the song dragged attention of few people involved in traditional rafting communities the lead singer decided to make a music video. She did a tremendous job organizing and directing it and I merely hopped on the opportunity to be for a few hours on the boat. Song is about a young rafter, who leaves his loved one for the first time and is being seduced by the siren. I was the rafter. Totally worth it!
- How did you hear about Europe Village Project?
I’ve seen the info on Facebook.
- Why did you apply for Europe Village Project?
I participated in a lot of different projects for the very same reason. I wanted to see something new in writing. Europe Village sounded almost impossible to happen – one book written by few writers from different countries and with different backgrounds – so I thought: “hold my beer”.
- What do you think about the teamwork involved and our workshops?
I think it’s both the hardest and the most fascinating part of the project. This is where the book is conceived and when you have six mommies and daddies they don’t always agree on how to raise their “child”. But when they do (and how!) it is something to see.
- Have you ever participated in teamwork like this before?
In a way like this, for such a long, consistent period, without much hierarchy within the team and with the goal of creating something that would be both of a good quality and marketable? I’ve participated in several projects, including international ones, but no. Not even close.
- What is the hardest part of working as part of a team?
Where do I start… Never in my life I’ve spent 14 hours straight putting ideas to trash. Until Europe Village. Sometimes it’s very hard to resign from the good idea that just isn’t made for that book. Decision making process is very hard. Sometimes we’ve overwritten the storyline so many times that we stopped to really know, what exactly we agreed on. I think it also is hard to make different parts not conflict with each other.