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?
It’s everything that staring into a cellphone all day isn’t.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started writing way before I ever put a pen to paper. But it was probably for the same reason everyone else starts: I wasn’t cool. I find locations to be the best muse. Derelict motels full of residents on the sides of interstates are good. In the back of the Korean buses on the way to Buffalo is another one that works.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
When I got my first book published I was able to finally say, “I did it”.
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?
The only way to write is to stay up later than everyone else. No superstitions, I guess. Although I think I’ve prayed or cursed anything that could be up in the sky at some point while writing.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
It’s very hard, but being awake while everyone else is sleeping is the best way to find solitude.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
I think there’s a publisher out there for everyone. I’ve had a book deal fall through and now in hindsight it was the best thing that could’ve happened. It got published eventually by Kuboa Press and the guy who runs it, Pablo D’Stair, and his brother Carlos Gonzalez, have become great friends and Yoda-like mentors. Basically the point is, submit to every place you can find online. Just at the second I was going to quit for good everything came together. And that has happened in some capacity 100 times since. You’re always against the ropes as a writer. Just remember, you’ve only got a couple decades to get it out, so get to work.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I’d like to make $900 off book sales every month so I can move to Italy and never see a Republican and eat fresh sardines every day. And once a month go read at Shakespeare & Co. I’d also like a good dog to share all of that with.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Scott Laudati lives in NYC with his boxer, Satine, He is the author of Hawaiian Shirts In The Electric Chair (poems) and Play The Devil (novel). His new book of poems, Bone House, will be available soon. Visit him on instagram @scottlaudati
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View Scott’s Book Trailer For Bone House
Read Scott’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
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