TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Brandon Black — Fiction Contributor

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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.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?


How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?

I’ve been waking up before 6 a.m. ever since high school. Suffice it to say, I am an early bird! Creativity definitely comes to me in the early hours though throughout my experience, it can strike at any moment.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?


About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?

Particularly for my story, it parallels some of my experiences while growing up in Southern California. Seizing those memorable moments and then letting my creativity take over was key in making the story really come to life and inflict the appropriate tone and resonance with readers.

Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?


What/who inspires you the most?

I draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources including my family and social circle, real-life experiences, day-dreams and more. Once I have an idea I feel I can write the hell out of, I then seek the most applicable source of motivation to continue my writing and creative process.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)


Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?

Persistency is a fine line. Be confident in following up with an editor while also making the case for why your story should be published in the first place. Answering the question, “why my story resonate will resonate with readers of your publication?” is also a key ingredient in successfully pitching an editor and in follow-up emails.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?



About Brandon

Brandon Black is a 29-year-old aspiring writer, based in Los Angeles, California, who has chronic speech disfluency, stuttering. He grew up with a stutter and attended speech therapy in middle school and for a brief period after university.

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