thousands of words
well, technically we'll hit more than a thousand if you count david's story for 1000 words (which is up by the way). i thought it might be fun to have david do a little interview today, to get a peek at one of the masterminds responsible for 1000 words. so. here we go.
how long have you been writing?
I completed my first feature-length screenplay summer of 1999. So a little longer than that.
i know you have various styles of writing (short stories, prose, plays, scripts etc) is there one you are drawn to more? or do you orient yourself to what you have at hand?
I'm drawn to movie scripts and short stories. My storytelling is cinematic, so my writing leans toward shorter forms. My retirement plan is to write a novel. I have no 401k.
what has been the most surprising aspect of working on the 1K project?
How easy it is to be inspired by your photography. I thought it might be hard to come up with ideas, but the hardest part has been to narrow all of the ideas down for each piece.
do you feel limited by the word count?
Unlike many artists, I presume, I thrive within structure and limitations. This is why I like scripts so much. There are a crap ton of rules, and I love that. And I add my own on top of that. I wasn't there, but I'm told that DaVinci once said, "Only within limitations can genius flourish." I'm no genius, but I dig it.
what do you say to people who want more to the story?
what is your process once you receive the photograph for the month?
which month so far is your favorite?I'm not very good at answering "favorite" questions, but what I will do is (briefly) tell you things I particularly like about each one.
FEB - I like how visceral it is and consequently the visceral reaction from readers.
MAR - I like the imagery, specifically when the woman leaves the laundromat a "new" person and she's so empowered that she imagines the cars as toys.
APR - We experience Gene's 40-year emotional journey in about 10 minutes story time and one thousand words. That's killer.
MAY - I'm proud of myself for testing the supernatural waters. Okay, it's more serendipitous than supernatural, but look for more bits of "magic" in future stories.
what is it like to collaborate with such a talented, hot photographer (who is also a fantastic cook)?
"I have no idea," is the answer you're expecting. And it's the answer you would've received had we done this face-to-face, because I don't use emoticons ;-). But since this is an email, here's my answer, which will be shorter than my explanation of the forthcoming answer: It's like making plans with your best friend, who you know will show up no matter what and you'll have a good time with no matter what.
what writers or stories inspire or influence you?
When I was 13, Ray Bradbury transformed me into a reader, and I'm 99% sure I have the largest Bradbury book collection on my street. So I'd have to say he's responsible for it all. Nobody quirky or overly literary or obscure. You know, Steinbeck's WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT, Salinger's FRANNY & ZOOEY, Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD, Asimov's FOUNDATION TRILOGY. I also like the Russians because they're dark and brooding and unapologetic megalomaniacs.