Today I am delighted to welcome another writer, Chris Fosten to this, the 7th and final day of my blog tour.
Chris kindly answered some questions for me. The questions with his answers and insights are below.
What is/are your motivation/(s) for writing?
My motivation for writing is often just to express myself. It’s why I started writing (awful awful) poetry as a teenager, and is sometimes a wonderful cathartic process – but I am constantly playing with words and trying to connect ideas in my head, so I guess it’s also just to get stuff out of my head! Otherwise, it depends on what I’m writing: I like making others laugh, or feel something.
What genres do you enjoy writing?
Many and various – I write poetry most often, as it’s something I can put down fairly quickly and then return to every now and again to play with until I’m happy. I’ve a couple of unfinished kids books that I spend time on when I can too. I’ve written sci-fi, drama, sketch comedy and silly poetry in the last few months, and am very happy to have a go at anything really – it’s all learning: I know I won’t be suited to all, but I’m only going to find out by giving it a try.
Are there any projects in the pipeline?
Well, I write some of the scripts for a comedy review podcast about Doctor Who: The Ood Cast, so will be writing about the Christmas special… and then the excitement of the new series with the new Doctor later in the year… I’ve just finished editing a section of a new poetry collection for Proost, and I’m still writing Post-it-Poems that appear on my social media accounts. That seems enough for me at the moment, having a 1 year old really sucks all the spare time out of life (in a good way)! I think at the last count there were at least half a dozen projects that I had the idea for and excitedly scribbled down somewhere that I haven’t followed up on – so I’ll start the new year finding those and seeing what I can do.
How do you intend to spend Christmas? Will there still be lots of writing and promotion to do or will it take a back seat to the festive activities?
Christmas will be pretty quiet, as much as it can be, with mostly little family things happening, I think – but it’ll be the first “downtime” I’ll have had in some months, so I’ll still do my Post-it-Poems, but not much else, I think. I really love Christmas, and don’t often allow myself time to really enjoy it, so this year I am going to give that a try! If I find myself with time to spare, and I’m not reading, I might well dig out those ideas and start planning though…
Thanks very much Chris. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year too.
If you have enjoyed this blog tour series or have any additional constructive comments please feel free to add them in the comments section of the blog. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year from Geraldine Ward on the final day of the blog tour.