It’s Monday! Whoo! You know what that means? Another guest! Hooray! Today’s guest is *drumroll* Steven Partridge!
Greetings, everyone! I’m Steven Partridge (yes, as in the bird).
I’ve always kind of used writing fiction as a vehicle for self-expression, but I never really shared it with anybody until 2013, when I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. I attended write-ins at my local library, and it was there I first met people in my local area that liked to write as well. I was all like this:
So, I finished my first novel, got all the words down in less than a month. I was super excited. I proofread it and told my NaNo buddies I was ready to publish, but their response was not what I expected.
They were like, “Okay. It’s proofread. Now revise it.”
I was like:
So, I’ve been in the revision stage for three years, and I’m almost ready to publish.
I have no formal training. I have no “writing schedule.” I tend to just go about my life, and whenever I experience a sensation – be it an emotion, a scent, a picture, a piece of music, or anything else, really – that resonates with me and gives me inspiration for something, I write it down immediately in one of a dozen notebooks I carry with me at all times.
I never really seem short of inspiration. My struggle tends to be having to pick and choose the best things to include in my writing. Also, revisions are a struggle, since I have SO MANY ideas. I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been to discipline myself to keep revising, nor can I calculate how many revisions my work has been through. Scrib has been hugely helpful to me in the revision process.
Another amazing factor in my journey as a writer is my local writing group, Book Builders, which meets at my local library and evolved out of the aforementioned NaNoWriMo group. Essentially, we just decided at the end of November 2013 to keep meeting and workshop our manuscripts together. It was through Deb, the lady that sort of took charge, that I discovered Scribophile was my obsession.
I literally check Scrib everyday when I wake up and also check it throughout the workday when I get a spare minute. Thanks to working from 6:30 pm – 7:00 am (yes, you read that right), I have plenty of time to write, since my job entails a set amount of paperwork that takes me all of an hour to complete at a leisurely pace, then just monitoring the kids in the mental hospital, where I work at night.
Since my sleep schedule is reversed (though this will change when I move positions soon), my breakfast of choice is usually Chick-Fil-A’s or Wendy’s dinner menu. I love to cook, and I bring my lunch on the go, then pick up McDonald’s on my way home. I do the McDonald’s dinner/breakfast thing so I get to flirt with the cashier (who is my spouse) before I go to sleep for the day.
My beverage of choice is Barq’s red cream soda, and I chug it while writing like nobody’s business. I also love all varieties of unsalted nuts; they are wonderful, and I will literally put them on anything and everything; stir fry, pizza, ice cream, eggs and bacon, literally anything.
So, let me take you through my day (when I don’t work, since that’s a whole other situation).
Write, if I feel like it.
Groom my increasingly fantastic beard.
Write, if I feel like it, until lunchtime.
Write, if I feel like it.
Do some prep work for evening D&D session.
Quality time with the spouse (who now joins all activities hereafter.)
Grab dinner with friends/family.
Chill with friends.
Movies/TV/Reading/Write, if I feel like it.
This is pretty much my day off in a nutshell.
I grab inspiration from all over, and that leads to certain personal quirks, especially openly exhibiting peculiar, specific fascination with things that inspire me, while everyone around wonders why I’m staring/prying/etc. However, to that I say, be yourself. Be quiet or loud, humble or proud. Whoever and whatever you are, love your skin, whether or not you fit in, and express yourself in the most beautifully you way.
Thanks for having me, Allie.