1.) Tell us what a day in the life of ____________________ is like.
A day in my life...hmmm.. Wake up, start chain smoking, go to classes, get done rather early so I can head home where the real day begins. From home I usually write a handful of poems, work on short fiction, practice my stand up comedy routine, and talk to the other band members about improvements to our style. Between all of this you have a nice dash of heavy metal, skirt chasing, and reading as I usually have five or more books on the go at once. At night I'll have a beer or two, and hop online to talk to depressed strangers, as I like to help people.
2.) What made you want to start writing?
I didn't so much decided I wanted to start writing, as I found out that I truly need to write. I've suffered from severe depression, and writing is my way of handling the pain. When I set my writing music, and start putting words to the page, I let go of all that anger, and sadness that pervades my life.
3.) When writing, do you prefer silence or some kind of background noise?
I guess I touched on it already ,but I need music on it order to write. While I'm usually found listening to heavy metal in my spare time, when I write it's always instrumental. I usually put on Yndi Halda, or Mogwai, both bands with beautifully emotional music.
4.) Morning person or night owl?
I'm a night owl, I love to be up all night long, but in the last month I've had to change my schedule in order to attend school, and will have to keep at it for about five years. It's rather hard in the mornings.
5.) Do you prefer to have a schedule or wing it?
Right now I currently wing it, but I'm working on putting more structure into my life.
6.) When you have downtime from writing, what do you like to do?
In my downtime from writing you can find me working on my other creative outlets. I work on stand up comedy, a form in which I strive to be equal parts offensive, hilarious, and eye-opening. I want people to think as well as laugh. I play with three bands, though currently we are on hiatus since one of the members has moved to another city. We try to get together to work on things when we can. We currently preform heavy metal, rap, and a folk-punk fusion. I'm the vocalist in all three, and the bassist for the folk-punk group. Between all that I like to listen to music, read constantly, play video games, and watch a handful of tv-series.
7.) Do you make an outline or just write?
Right now with my focus being on poetry and short fiction I tend to just write. I'm planning on pumping out a novel in the future, and that will be outlined.
8.) What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Write. Just effing write. That's all there is to it. You can want to be a writer with all your heart, but if your not writing, regardless of the quality of it, you will never improve, and never deserve the title.
9.) How do you come up with your ideas?
My ideas come from a range of influences. Most prevalent would be psychedelic drugs. I know, you've grown up with the idea that drugs are bad. Well truth is, some drugs are healthy for you, and for your mind. Other ideas come to me from media I've consumed, never a replication of the media, but inspired from it.
10.) Do you like to base your characters on pure fiction or is there a little of real friends in them?
Most of my characters come from pure fiction, but there are characters straight out of real life. Never based on my friends, usually based on the people who I dislike, since I like to put my characters through hell and back. Well that's a lie, they tend not to come back.
11.) Do you have a favorite author and why?
H.P Lovecraft may be my favorite author, his focus on the things that rest outside of our perception of reality is chilling. He has a tendency to leave his characters doomed, or insane by the end of his stories, allowing each story to leave you feeling a sense of hopelessness and dread.
Zack Long is a Canadian born writer, stand up comic, student, and musician seeking to release in all forms of creativity. Growing up in a small town he spent his time skipping school and getting lost in fiction, written and recorded, until he was old enough to lose himself in drink and drugs.
Having returned from the brink of death on several occasions, and through the woes of drug addiction, Zack infuses his own brand of suffering and love into all fields of his work. Through creativity he strives to expose the hidden truth of the world, and reality, to the public's third eye.Currently Zack is working on building school credits in order to attend a double major of English/Creative Writing, singing in three separate bands, and working on his stand up comedy routine. He can be found buried in a notepad, in the dark corner of the room cloaked in shadows.
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