Hello Friends! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing poet and author Luke Wood. Luke began writing at the young age of 13. He releases his books under the nae of C.L. Williams. He first poetry book was released when he was 20. He currently has several poetry books available on Amazon, along with some short stories as well. His works have enjoyed good critical success among readers. His most recent work is a new poetry book titled The Paradox Complex. Luke is branching out to novels as well now, and is currently working on a novel titled The Escape of Ernest Frost.
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Alright! So Let’s do some questions.
1) What is your writing process? Is it a set process or more fluid?
My writing process depends on what I’m writing. My most recent book is my poetry book, The Paradox Complex. My process here was me writing down ideas or I’d come up with a line, title, concept for the poem, etc. Once I had something in mind, I’d write it.
I’m currently writing my first novel and the writing process for it is much different than my process for my poetry book. With my novel, I have done outlines for each chapter, I’ve done research to make sure my characters are doing what would be expected of them in their situations, and I’m paying attention to my word count.
2) What advice do you have for new/aspiring writers?
Things will feel tough in the beginning but I can say if you keep writing not only will your writing improve, people will take notice. Just keep writing and never feel scared to ask for help or advice. The writing community is a very supportive one and wants you to be a part of it.
3) Where do you draw your inspiration? Is it more internal inspiration or external?
When I’m writing poems, it is very internal. My poetry book, The Paradox Complex, is about 90% personal. I write from my life or various life experiences.
When I’m writing short stories or my current project, The Escape of Ernest Frost, I just come up with ideas and I start writing them down and see if it is something that is meant to be a short story, a novella, or a novel.
4) What drew you to your genres?
With poetry, I was drawn to it after learning not all poems have to be about romance. Most poems I read when I was younger were either nursery rhymes or about romance. Once I discovered other poets, I enjoyed their work.
With my novel I’m working on, The Escape of Ernest Frost, it is a suspense thriller. I’ve always been a fan of thriller and horror. I love reading thriller/horror books and I love watching thriller/horror movies
5) What is the deciding factor on whether or not to pursue a project?
Right now I’m currently writing my first novel titled The Escape of Ernest Frost. I chose to pursue this after getting positive responses on my novella I released earlier this year, Three Crowns. I had a few ideas in mind to serve as my first novel and the concept behind this one was something I felt could show my strengths in writing while also helping me work on my weaknesses.
In the cases of choosing not to pursue a project, I usually have multiple ideas I’m working on or writing; however, some just call out to me louder than others. For the ones that remain quiet, I feel that not only would I not enjoy writing them, but they would also be boring for the reader. In many cases, I choose to write something and I do not stop until the project is done.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog, Luke! I really enjoyed learning from your perspective on writing. I particularly enjoyed hearing your thoughts on where you draw your inspiration from. I feel like internal inspiration is often the best form. It helps you connect with your project at a deeper level and internal enthusiasm definitely outlives external motivation. Thank you again, Luke!
I am sure you all enjoyed the interview as much as I did! Please feel free to leave a comment below on your thoughts.