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?
Creativity is a gift given to me and I’m grateful. It drives me daily to stretch my imagination and search my soul for characters and stories which flow from the inner reaches of my mind and heart resulting in stories with powerful images, soulful characters, and life lessons which I’m proud to share with my readers.
How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
My imagination is most fertile after I awake in the morning. I keep a notepad or recorder handy to document the dialogue or story line which seamlessly flows from my imagination. I set aside time each day to write. Writing is essential to my well being just like food and sleep.
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?
My personal history, travels, friendships, and loves shape or inspire my stories.
About Creative Moments & Inspiration
What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
Driving down a lonely two lane highway on Orcas Island and imagining my first story after a decades long hiatus from writing. A logging truck stopped to give my sister and I directions reminiscent of the scene from “Five Easy Pieces”. Orcas Island is magical for me.
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?
Music with poetic lyrics complimenting my story will often inspire or be included in my stories.
What/who inspires you the most?
Love lost and found is a common theme in my stories. I’m inspired by my characters getting a second chance or their first opportunity to love.
Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)
Many whose names I don’t unfortunately and will never know.
Tips For Others, Personal Goals
What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Perseverance and be faithful to your gut instincts about what you want to say. Don’t copy. Be yourself. Writing is liking working a muscle or learning a language or musical instrument, the more you practice, the better you get.
What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
Screen, television, stage, or published.
— TWD MAGAZINE 4th COLLECTION—
Jonathan B. Ferrini received my MFA in Motion Picture and Television Production from UCLA.