Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Fourth Place Winner Richard Ewald

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The winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.


Today our fourth place winner, Richard Ewald, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

(Click HERE to read his contest entry)

I’m not sure why Richard’s answers came out red, but I found it interesting and decided to leave them as is.

1.      Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

I had written the story a few months prior to the contest, and when I heard about the travel theme, I thought I’d submit it.
2.      Tell us about your writing process. What is the journey from idea to published piece /completed story?
Circuitous. Tortuous. Like trying to walk across a mine field using only a map of downtown Toledo. I usually make an outline, and it ALWAYS gets completely butchered before I’m halfway through. And then I feel bad that I am not keeping the outline in sync with the writing, but not bad enough to go and edit it. The endings are usually fait accompli by that time, so I just go for it.
3.      Where do you do your writing?
Atlanta. Come visit me. My current preferred mode / location is on my MacBook Air while sitting in Starbucks.
4.      Do you have a writing goal you want to achieve?
Mostly just to have fun. But beyond that, I have a massive story arc that I’ve been trying to eek a small enough story out of to fit into three or four books. However, I’ve once again put that one on hold. My current passion (and hopefully new book project) is to document the Empower Women of India Tour, which is about to start. It’s a yearlong tour by my close friend Ruxandra. She’ll be visiting 38 cities in India, giving free speeches and trainings to women to help them in the face of severe societal opposition to women’s rights. I’ll join her for six weeks later this year, and I intend to turn the whole experience into a book. (Shameless plug … check out our GoFundMe campaign, and please consider donating to help empower the women of India. (Click HERE for more info – Dan)
5.      What helps you the most when it comes to writing?
Coffee!!! Seriously. That and the absence of screaming babies.
6.      What does writing success look like?
Lots of dancing girls wearing Hawaiian skirts. Or sometimes just finally being able to sleep because you don’t have to think about the book anymore.
7.      What are you working on now?
I’m building a writing resources website … (click HERE to view ePrompts.com – Dan) … as a way of paying it forward to others who want to improve their writing.

8.      There are a lot of writing contest out there. What drew you to this one?

Dan’s humor. Seriously. This guy cracks me up. And the really awesome and truly useful prizes. And mostly his offer to provide critiques for entries. That’s really amazing.

9.      Have you ever entered a writing contest before?
Nope. First one.
10.  Will we see you again in the July Word Weaver Writing Contest?
I will consider it. Did Dan announce the theme yet? (Not yet – Dan)
11.  Did you know the piece you submitted was special?
Well my mom thought it …. never mind. I did feel it had some very good vibes going on. I’m excited to use Dan’s feedback to improve it.

12.  What’s next for you?

More screaming babies. Thanks for asking. But really I’m focused on fundraising for this India project at the moment. I just finished writing an email to Bill Gates.

Thanks so much for sharing these insights, Richard!

Gang, the next winners will be coming up on the blog soon. Stay tuned!

Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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