If you were allowed to give one argument as to why the world should read your work, what would that argument be?
They need a diversion from the stress and craziness of the real world. I always wrote about strange things, weird twists of fate that you can relax knowing would never happen, thus taking you away from the horrors of the real world.
What compelled you to become a writer in the first place?
I read a lot, and had stories to tell. I think the more you immerse yourself into different fictional worlds and realms, your mind starts coming up with its own ideas.
To be honest, I used to think I would hate being a writer. Up until high school, any time I wanted to write something, it was basically a copy of something else, maybe with my own character names in place of whatever I was writing on top of—usually Star Wars or X-Men. Teachers blew up at me and didn’t even give me a chance to try something. But as they say, nevertheless I persisted. After getting my legs steady with the actual writing thing, I had my own unique characters and worlds to write in.
Who are some writers every new/beginning writer should read and why?
It really depends on what you want to write, because I couldn’t in good conscience recommend a whodunit to someone who wants to write science fiction, for instance. But, I stand behind my belief that “On Writing” by Stephen King should be required reading, even if some of the advice doesn’t pertain to today’s market. It’s still a good kick in the ass for wannabe writers!
As for fiction, read anything that people say they couldn’t put down. Why was it so addicting? Figure that out and emulate that formula.
What are some writing tips you would offer new/beginning writers?
Write. Seriously, don’t talk about it, just do it. Write. EVERY DAY. Then write some more. Read. Edit. Find critiquers. Critique other stories. Write some more. Don’t argue with me, JUST DO IT! And above all things, DON’T TWEET ABOUT WRITING! Seriously, just write, even if it’s hot garbage. Keep doing it and you’ll get good.
Some books change our lives. Can you share which books have absolutely change the way you look at the world, the way you approach life? How did they affect this change in you?
“Woman in the Dunes” by Kobo Abe – I read this during my final semester of college when I feel like I was truly finding myself and my voice as a writer. After a tumultuous year that I never thought I’d recover from, I discovered that being useful comes in all shapes and sizes. Suddenly, writing stories about ray guns and spaceships wasn’t as meaningful as I thought, so I turned around started writing stories about ray guns and spaceships with introspective characters.
What’s a movie that absolutely has to be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated (and why)?
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. I watch this at home all the time, but seeing it on the big screen on Christmas, 2004 was pretty impressive.
Any Wes Anderson movie for that matter is better on the big screen. All great movies, but if you can catch it at the theater, do it.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Since early 2019 I’ve been focusing my efforts on game design. Writing fiction just wasn’t going the direction I’d hoped—meaning I never wanted to veer directly into a brick wall., but that’s where it was headed. Game design is something I’d been fiddling with all my life, and I realized as much as I play games and have crazy ideas, why not try something else?
Check out my upcoming game, Clash at Rook’s Point, @rookspoint on Instagram, Facebook, or (ugh) Twitter.
Myke Edwards loves Depeche Mode, Orangina, and walks in the forest. From 1996 to 2019, he wrote fiction of the science, fantasy, and horror varieties. Thankful for your support, he retired from fiction to move onto the wide world of game design. Check out his upcoming game, Clash at Rook’s Point, @rookspoint on all the social media platforms.