Stephen K. Roney is a Canadian writer, editor, and college professor, now semi-retired. He is a past president of the Editors᾿ Association of Canada (“Editors Canada”). You might have seen his journalism in Report Newsmagazine, the Toronto Star, Catholic Insight, and several dozen other publications in Canada and abroad.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yeah, it was a "Hot Stuff" comic. I don't remember the plot line, so I guess it was not a classic.
What is your writing process?
Mind mapping and elaborate outlining are always taught in writing classes, and I think they are bad advice. Firstly, they can easily become excuses for not writing. Secondly, they never survive the actual writing process. Third, if they do, they result in something wooden and inorganic. Writing is very different from outlining.
Working from a basic outline, I write a short draft, and keep expanding and rewriting it.