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?
I think creativity is the greatest mean by which we authentically solve problems—something that should be appreciated rather than understood.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started writing on a drunken dare from my buddies. During my senior year of college, a group of us were out and they all started breaking my balls about how I’m always telling stories. So they dared me to write one down—turn into a short story. So I did. They read it and seemed to dig it, so I wrote another. It wasn’t long before I started to feel like this is what I was meant to do.
As far as a muse goes, I don’t think there’s a “who” or “what” specifically. I try to take it all in, like a transparent eyeball. Because I never know what will spark an idea.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
So far, this—getting 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?
For me, writing is like solving a puzzle. And at the beginning of every puzzle, nothing is in place. Things are jumbled, pieces are missing, and life just sucks. That’s typically about the time creativity shows up and begins to slowly help me place the right words in the right order to eventually solve the puzzle. Then, as mysteriously as it arrived, it’s gone. Creativity is one of those things that’s inscrutable. It sort of just happens and I try not to question it for fear it may up and fly away—like grasping at an indifferent bird that drops by on your windowsill from time to time. I don’t know how or why or where it comes from, I simply try to stay nimble and fluid for when it shows up again. So I don’t write first thing in the morning or even standing up so my new pages fall gently in a waste basket—I do whatever it takes to get the job.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
Well, if it’s something you love to do, you just do it. I know that’s not the most eloquent answer but it’s the truth—you make time for things you care about. And there’s always time, you may just have to manage it more rigorously.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
I want to preface this by saying, beware of advice—even this. Starting out, I think it’s important to seek out advice and feedback from other creatives in your field but always with a grain of salt simply because you end up finding out a great many things on your own. We learn by doing and making mistakes. So do plenty and make plenty of mistakes, which is way easier said than done—find a way, any way, to make that process easier. And realize early, that this journey isn’t a climb—there is no submit—it’s a swim. So just keep swimming.
Because art is subjective, I tend to take a shotgun approach to submitting work, because you never know what may happen. 50 rejection letters with one acceptance is better than one rejection and no acceptance.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
Ultimately, I’d love to transition my writing talents into TV/Film—become a screenwriter.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Despite his age and seemingly greenhorn status to prose, Joe Golc’s writing explores a more seasoned topic: the human condition and the role nature’s indifference plays on it. Which is why nailing down a genre of influence for him is difficult, as he has drawn upon everyone from Thompson to Nietzsche—anything brazen and out-of-the-norm, as he puts it. When he’s not rustling with the blank page, the 26-year-old writer from Indianapolis, Indiana works as a copywriter at a local advertising firm.
You Can Find Joe Here
Read Joe’s Fiction In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“A Night in the Prism” — p. 60