David A. Smart is a neophyte novelist and accomplished asthmatic. He lives in a state of perpetual bemusement.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No I don't. Story-telling has always been a driving passion for me. I was writing before I could write. What I mean is I would make up stories in my mind, as a very young child, three or four years old, before I had any real grasp of what words or letters were. I'd invent stories, simple little things, based on cartoons or toys or a picture in a book. This was a very consuming hobby for me. I enjoyed it very much. But it was also a very solitary one. I was that odd kid you see in playgrounds sometimes, off by himself, joins in on group activities only occasionally and most of the time with a discernible sense of reluctance.
What is your writing process?
I pretty much always start with the ending. If the ending doesn't come to me early in the process I generally find I won't finish the story. Even if I really like the idea and there are several passages or scenes that come together really well, if I don't have a clear idea of how the thing ends I usually won't be able to proceed with the story and the whole thing will fall apart. I find that whenever I write anything, I'm really just fashioning the narrative so that it logically arrives at a stopping point. A final idea, or image, or sentence. As to when I write, I try to write in the morning because that's when my mind feels freshest, I have the greatest energy. But I work a full time job so that's not always possible. I don't have a great deal of spare time and can't always dictate the structure of my days so, more often than not, I find myself writing where-or-whenever I can, feverishly scribbling down notes, character sketches, exchanges of dialogue, then fitting it all together in a context at night or on weekends. Gradually a story emerges. It's not an ideal way to work but it has its benefits. It's very rewarding to read over what I've cobbled together and discover that something cohesive and effective has been created. And sometimes this sort of chaotic, anarchic process can influence the finished work in an unexpectedly positive way.
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