As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is an irrepressible impulse that compels me to write. I feel empty inside when I don’t create anything, even if I’m on vacation or have some other good excuse.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
Having grown up in a house filled with books and being a bit of a loner, I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood. Reading novels from an early age on inspired me to become a writer myself. Literature is my muse. I’m a reader first, and feel compelled to contribute to the multi-generational literary conversation across the ages.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
As a journalist, I’ve written in all kinds of odd spots, such as in McDonald’s and while camped out in my car in a wind-swept parking lot after a football game emptied out. Once I was bored during a car trip across the Midwest and started composing poetry on my phone, including a few pieces I’ve since gotten published.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
I try to write every day. I just fire up the laptop and get to clacking away on the keyboard. I’ve got nothing other than a burning fire to create.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
Currently, I try to set aside time to write before I go to bed and stay up late into the night if the muse is with me. Routine is key. I try to at least tinker with a story in progress, even if completely exhausted, just so I get something done.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Write as much as possible. Read even more. Read literary journals widely. Familiarize yourself with the market you’re submitting to. Don’t be discouraged by rejection. Improve the piece and find somewhere else to submit it.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I’ve been published in more than 100 literary journals now. I’ve published short stories, flash fiction pieces, poems, satirical works and plays. I hope to soon graduate to writing books.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, an Iraq War veteran, an Indiana University graduate, a book reviewer, and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio. He was named the poet laureate of Chicago BaconFest 2016, a feat that Geoffrey Chaucer chump never accomplished. His literary work and photography have appeared in New Pop Lit, The Grief Diaries, Gravel, The Perch Magazine, Synesthesia Literary Journal, Chicago Literati, Indiana Voice Journal, Dogzplot, Bull Men’s Fiction, Anti-Heroin Chic, trampset, shufPoetry, The Roaring Muse, Prairie Winds, Blue Collar Review, Lumpen, Work Literary Magazine, Stoneboat, The Tipton Poetry Journal, Euphemism, Jenny Magazine and elsewhere. He once wrote an author bio that would have put James Boswell to shame, but accidentally deleted it and attached this rubbish instead.
Read Joseph’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
‘The Sins of Our Forebears in Gary, Indiana’ — p. 10