Rusty Barnes is a cofounder of Night Train, a literary journal, and Fried Chicken and Coffee, an on again/off again blogazine of rural and Appalachian creative work and concerns. He’s published five books of poetry and fiction, the latest of which is nearly brand new: Reckoning, a novel, published by David McNamara at Sunnyoutside Press.
#My Writing Process Blog Tour
I’ve been tagged by the fantastic writer Tamara Linse to talk about #MyWritingProcess, such as it is. I hope these answers will entertain or reveal, depending on what you think of my writing.
What am I working on?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write in a mode many others do, but I believe my work stands out because of its focus on rural matters, nearly exclusively, and because I try to use as few words as possible to make the story I want to make up. I also believe my stories are emotionally true where others often seem fake. Probably the fakers feel the same way about me and my work. The difference is that I’m right where they’re wrong. :-)
Why do I write what I do?
How does my writing process work?
When I’m writing on a longer project, I try to get five hundred words a day. Failing that, if I get 250 I’ll hang it up for the session. Rare is the day I don’t get my 500, though. I begin writing for my hour per day after the kids go to bed, more time being devoted to it when life permits. Poems I can work on any time. Fiction takes a concerted effort and schedule. I go long stretches without writing, though, which is dangerous. I always feel as if I don’t write all the time, I’ll forget how. Luckily, that hasn’t proven to be true yet.
The Cool People I’m Tagging
Heather Sullivan is a mama, wife, and part-time philosopher and blogs at Lady Jane Adventures.
Cort Bledsoe, or C.L. Bledsoe, is the author of the young adult novel Sunlight, three poetry collections (_____(Want/Need), Anthem, and Leap Year), and a short story collection Naming the Animals.
Timothy Gager is the author of ten books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, The Shutting Door (Ibbetson Street Press), was nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award. He has hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for over twelve years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival.