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Author Spotlight – Brendan Terrick

Where Did Your Writing Journey Begin?

I wanted to write since I was 12, but I never got started. Writing papers in high school and university gave me some good practice. But it wasn’t until the Spring of 2014 when I made the decision to write and it wasn’t an empty promise to myself.

What Do You Like To Do When You’re Not Writing?

I love listening to music. There are times when the songs just energize me and get me daydreaming. It is not always to the benefit of my writing but it makes me feel good.

Meal Prep. I know my way around a kitchen and when to use a spatula. I’ve learned some signature dishes over the years and no one complains about my cooking, because their craws are all stuffed.

Netflix is a good influence for me. I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Great News, and Arrested Development…just to name a few. If Seinfeld was on Netflix, that would round things out nicely.

Crosswords and Crypto quotes. I do well with the Winnipeg Free Press puzzles but the New York Times…I’d have to crack open a crossword dictionary.
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Are There Any Rituals You Must Perform Before You Can Start Writing?

Have a full stomach or snacks at hand. And a hot or cold drink; not always containing spirits. And have an idea. I have to allow for distractions until the story’s sunk its teeth in me. Then I just write and put notes on my phone if I’m not by my MacBook.

What Has Influenced You Most As A Writer?

Comedy – Either from TV, movies, radio, comic strips (The Far Side & Calvin and Hobbs, Tundra [currently])
Making puns. The more esoteric, the better.
What ever I watched and read growing up
Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Writers from ‘The Scribbles.’ Writers Group in Minneapolis, MN
My parents instilling me with the importance of reading.

Do You Have Any Advice For Other Writers?

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write It.” – Toni Morrison
Writing is the easy part. It’s tearing your baby to shreds that you cry about.

Allow for a writing warm up. Whether you jot some stream of consciousness before you write or be prepared to set aside the first 20,000 words you type.

Find fellow authors and editors and work with one another. You are only limited by your single-mindedness.

Keep yourself sharp. Find books that get you to practice your craft during a lull or when you are working on a manuscript.

Introduce yourself to new genres and media.

And with the advent of self-publishing it is much easier to get your stories to print. But get familiar with marketing your book or at least find someone good to do it for you. To read my full self-publishing experience, Click Here.

 

I’d like to hear what you think. Drop me a line at [email protected]