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About Profe Steve
I am 66 years old and spent many years as a Spanish teacher for 11-15 year old students. I’m married and have 4 kids and many grandkids. I am an avid reader and prefer fantasy and science fiction. Seven years ago I some students encouraged me to write my own stories, and I have finished 4 novels and 2 novellas. They aren’t published yet, but I’m working on that. A friend introduced me to Commaful about 4 years ago and I fell in love with the site. Writing poetry is an obsession now and I love nothing more than learning new styles and forms. I have probably done about 20 different forms, but I mostly write haiku and tanka.
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How And When Did You Get Started Writing?
I started writing fiction about 7 years ago in an online RP group set in the world of Wheel of Time, my favorite book series. I started doing poetry about 4 years ago when I found Commaful. I had wanted to write since I was a teen, but didn’t have time until recently.
What Does Literary Success Look Like To You?
To me, success is finding contentment in where I am.
What Actionable Tips And Tricks Do You Have For New Writers That They Can Apply Now On Their Journey As Budding Writers?
- Read. Seriously, the successful writers ALL read a lot. Read all types and genres of literature because you can learn from everything. I have been a voracious reader since I was about 7 years old.
- Write a lot. The more you write, the more you will be able to write.
What Are Common Traps For Aspiring Writers?
1. Don’t compare yourself with other writers. You are unique and no one else has your voice.
2. Be willing to write terribly. Every writer must write a lot of trash before they can produce quality.
3. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that something isn’t good if it doesn’t get a lot of likes or that your writing isn’t good if you don’t have a lot of followers. Ultimately, you are writing for yourself.
If You Could Tell Your Younger Writing Self Anything, What Would It Be?
1. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
2. This too shall pass.
What Are Your Favorite Books? Fiction And/ Or Non-Fiction?
Anything You’d Like To Plug?
I can’t think of anything.
- Getting Her First Poem Published At Just 10 Years Old With Poet Arya Shrestha
- Researching Before Writing with Syntha Spide
- Observing And Absorbing Everything With Author Nicole Kilpatrick
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