My guest today is Clint Eastwood! Errr…wait a sec…that can’t be right. My bad, it’s Joseph Eastwood! Yes, the often-imitated but never-duplicated Joseph Eastwood has a thing or two to say about writing. Let’s listen in, shall we? Everyone say “Hi” to Joseph!
Are good writers born, or created?
I once read somewhere, probably on Facebook or something, and it went something like this “Good writers are born. Great writers are made.” And since then it has always stuck with me. I’d like to think that I’m a good writer, and every day I’m trying to become a better writer, because it’s in my interests to be good at writing… if I wasn’t, then I wouldn’t be much of a writer.
I don’t believe that writers are born, well, nobody is born with the ability to write, but perhaps people are born with passion, creativity, motivation, key components to being a writer. I know that I was born with creativity, and like many if not all writers will say, I’ve been writing since a very young age, in fact, I’d like to go as much to say that I probably emerged from the womb with a crayon attached to my left hand and a fountain pen clutched in my right… but that would have been a very hard birth for my mother, and I’m sure she’d remember giving birth to a crayon and a pen.
I believe that good writers take time. They’re born with being able to tell a good story, they might not be the most confident of people, but it’s a skill, and like all skills, it takes time, practice, a hell of a lot of dedication, and most importantly, motivation. Just like athletes and sports people, they’re born with the will to exercise and exert themselves.
Here’s a quote by Jack Kerouac: “Anybody can write, but not everybody invents new forms of writing. Gertrude Stein invented a new form of writing and her imitators are just ‘talents.’ Hemingway later invented his own form also. The criterion for judging talent or genius is ephemeral, speaking rationally in this world of graphs, but one gets the feeling definitely when a writer of genius amazes him by strokes of force never seen before and yet hauntingly familiar.”
Truly great writers find a foothold in a reader, and by inventing new styles, a writer can do that. Like he says, anyone can write.
No writer is born a good writer, they might be able to tell a story like nobody else, but only through hard work and determination will they become good… and they will only become great when they’ve been through life, when they’ve grown and been through struggles; when their mind is washed away of all the purity, and to replace it, a monster, and it wants to do is feed off your misery. That’s when a writer becomes a great writer; through experience.
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Lumen is the first in the four-part Blood Luminary series following the characters, Daniel Satoria, Jac Lister and Mia Crosgrove.
Daniel, like all other adolescents on Templar Island is going through the final transition that will allow him to manipulate the bonds of energy and do more than just tamper with his own biological form.
After a near-death experience he is accepted into Croft’s Academy, the only private school on the island and for someone like Daniel to gain access to such teaching is a privilege, and they won’t let him forget it. He tries to fit in, but that’s when things take a turn for the worst, and everything he once knew can’t be possible any more. He doesn’t know who to trust or what to believe.
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Joseph Eastwood is the eldest of five siblings, and he lives and grew up in Lancaster, England.
He has always had a giant creative connection in his life, from drawing and writing to having an eclectic taste in music and reading a wide range of books, which he hopes reflects in his own writing. He also loves watching sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy based TV shows and films. Among some of his favourites are Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. As well as those he loves dramas, like The Good Wife and Desperate Housewives.
Joseph is either busy doing edits and writing, that, or he’s on his Facebook page being a professional procrastinator. He lives for creativity, striving to be different and thinking up new hoops for his characters to jump through.
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