Research Writer Interview With Angaza
Writing Books And Taking Dictation
How difficult do you find it to write?
It's not difficult for me (or perhaps I should say that it is; keep reading and tell me what would you say?) People have thought highly of my writing for as long as I can remember. I think of writing as an art, and I guess lots of writers and non-writers alike feel that way. In the past, I've sometimes tried to "write on my own" but for the most part, it just doesn't work. When I write, the words come from somewhere else and flow through me. I just take dictation. I'd have to say that "My best writing is not something I do; it's something that comes to me."
From where do your ideas come?
I don't really know the answer to that. I have a funny story. I once had an idea for a book. To prepare for the book, I found a box and threw anything I thought would be valuable into the box until the time came to write. When that time finally arrived, I had planned to go to see a movie. Perhaps 20 minutes before I had planned to leave, I realized that the information for the book had started to arrive. (I tried to ignore the information flow, but from experience, I knew that was stupid.) Somehow, I knew how long the information flow would last and realized I'd probably miss the start of the movie (and I did!), but when the information comes, you've got to take it then. It may come back once or twice but never the same way, and after those two or three times, it's gone! (Sometimes, it never comes back even once!) I immediately sat down and began "to take dictation notes" from my subconscious. When it was time to leave, I still had about 5 minutes of information flow left, so I just gave up on making that show and left for the next showing of the movie.
During the writing of that same book (which I ultimately lost, so it wasn't published), I found that the information would often begin to flow at the most inconvenient times (like when I was about to step into a tub, or while I was in the tub). Whenever this happened, I had to change my plans quickly so I could take dictation. Sometimes this meant drying off enough so as not to get the writing paper wet, or sitting in front of a computer naked and dripping wet to take dictation or whatever. You've got to adapt and adjust to the information when it comes. In hindsight, it's funny, but it's not always so funny at the time. Sometimes, it's even nerve racking (but not usually).
In books that I haven't lost, I've taken dictation after the book was completed, and then went to the place in the book where I thought the information should be placed only to find that it was already there, sometimes word for word even though I couldn't ever remember writing it the first time!
Doesn't this sometimes cause problems, like with deadlines?
No, not at all. Over the years, I've programmed my subconscious mind so that it quickly cooperates with whatever requirements are necessary for a writing task. So, the words and ideas come to me quickly. Sometimes, I can't "take dictation" fast enough to keep up with the flow of information.
Well, I think this has been interesting. Thanks for your time.
It was my pleasure. I guess I like to talk too!
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