Interview with Doug Bentley

What inspires you to write?
The poetry in drama and drama in poetry. Poetry's the most private literary form. In GRAIN I challenged myself. Create poetry in sync with classic music and evergreen content. That's mainstream poetry. It seemed to me that no content was more evergreen than the mystical encounter which originates in deep layers in one's soul. In short, the discipline of the genre inspires me.​ ​Initially, I was inspired to write GO after watching the popular plays of Andrew Lloyd Webber. I'm not a fan of his brand of theatre. But the project evolved. It became ​about ​contemporary existential angst. I turned philosophical concepts into theatrical characters. So, I was inspired to write​ ​GO because I was carried along by the momentum of the characters as they evolved.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
For any writer I think it's most important to write for personal enjoyment. If other people get you, that's great! If not, no harm done. It's not important whether other people understand what you're doing. It's only important that you know what you're doing. Don't you agree?​ ​In poetry I think it's most important to recognize and learn how to listen to your own still, small inner voice. Don't pay attention to the voices of strangers. Also, a poet must understand that it's unfair to expect anyone else to understand his or her body-of-work. It's far too complex. If you understand these points, you'll never be troubled, or flattered, by what culture vultures say or write about your work. I'd advise aspiring playwrights to learn how to listen to their intuitions​ too​, and to trust them. Personal honesty is the starting point for understanding human behavior. As an entertainer, the playwright must ​also ​have humor. Humor is the best offence against insanity. Simply, the playwright must love humanity. It must be understood that ​e​very human being is infinitely more valuable than any work of art - any work - any art. Finally, the aspiring playwright must also realize that ​"​there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in most peoples philosophies.​"​ The kosmos is a miraculous place. There are many magical lifeforms roaming around in it. Playwrights are ​just ​one!
Can you tell us about your writing process?
​It starts as a slight but noticeable discomfort just above the top of my spine. Over time the discomfort grows. I think of it as a tumor. In a flash, the recognition comes that ​- ​It's done!​​ All I need has​ already​ been added and sorted. I'm finished. All I need to do then is ​just to ​write ​everything​ down. ​Actual w​riting, organizing and editing may take months to finish. Again, in a flash, I realize that ​- ​I'm done!​ I leave it and forget it. I'm on to my next project.
How is writing for theatre different from other genres?
A theatre script is akin to a fiction novel. The playwright creates characters and action. But the similarity ends there. Novels can be turned into movies or TV programs. Theatre scripts are written for live performance. Each theatre group creates its own interpretation, then recreates it every performance. Movies are fixed productions; live plays are fluid, ever-changing performances. There's no other genre in which these possibilities and restrictions exist. The playwright must walk a tight-rope between her or his imagination and the actors' talents. The tight-rope here is the logic of the characters and their interactions.
What do you think of the future of book publishing?
The printing press made the quill pen obsolete. It democratized the world, especially education. The digital world has revolutionized the book publishing and reading industries. This interview is proof. Print publishing houses and literary agents are disappearing. Authors are quitting their services in droves, for a multitude of reasons. The ebook is still evolving, rapidly. It has much untapped potential, especially in places other than North America and Europe. You can carry a library with you in your tablet. Ebooks are extremely cost-effective and convenient. Readers can easily contact and communicate with authors. Youth are more comfortable and engaged in the digital milieu. Print can't compete with any of these benefits, either for the reader or the author. In the future, I see the audio ebook rapidly gaining popularity. I see the later emergence of the video ebook. It will be the educational medium of choice for most. When quantum computers appear, very soon, the holographic ebook will appear. I don't see any long-term future for most print publishing houses. Smashwords has smashed them. Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, has single-handedly revolutionized the book publishing world. His achievement is monumental.
Published 2017-08-12.
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