Tony Ortiz is a first generation Dominican American that was Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York. He is the host of the Spun Today Podcast which has a very cult-like following. He is a graduate of Baruch College in NYC, and has an unquenchable thirst for Writing.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. Like many other ‘creatives’ that I've spoken with, I have received sparks of inspiration from many different and unrelated things. Whether it's a conversation on a Podcast, a book I'm reading, a quote or song lyric I've heard, etc. Flashes of inspiration fused with the motivation to actually sit down and write can come from anywhere and at anytime. That's why I always keep a notebook and my favorite pen(s) handy.
Tell us about your writing process
Call me old fashioned but there's nothing like a pen and piece of paper for me. It gives me such a visceral connection to my work. It's not practical in our digital world of course, but I always begin every first draft the same way. Pen and blank sheet of paper, tap into my mental flow state and let the muse, in her infinite wisdom, pour through me. Then when the time is write I type everything out (usually in Microsoft word but lately in Scrivener), and use that time to do my first self edit.
Here's a little background on how the book came to be. Once you put out any type of creative work, it's no longer yours - and it's open to limitless interpretations. Here's my take on what the book is about.
This is the first volume in a collection of freely written thoughts that helped me get through some of my own personal barriers and bullsh*t excuses. My hope is that they can help you in a similar way.