About Belart Wright:
My name is Belart Wright, age 32 (soon to be 33) and I love writing, gaming, and martial arts. I tend to get lost in mythology, history, and the supernatural elements of our world. I'm also a budding game designer.
What inspires you to write?
It's an internal drive that never really ceases. The only roadblocks are time, energy, distractions, and day jobs.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, Yoshihiro Togashi, Akira Toriyama, Paul Dini, and Bruce Timm. I think they've influenced me the most
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m more of a plotter but really I’m good at balancing both. I write detailed outlines but I leave room for the characters to take over and break through the restrictions of my outline.
I'm simple. I write my outlines a plain ol' .txt Notepad document. I keep several files for the outlining process, one of which is a "Quicknotes and References" file which tends to be the branch from which other parts of my outline are created. The QN&R also tends to be the bible of most of my projects. I'm looking to change my process, because the QN&R files have been getting very long for some of my latest projects. I make sure to date all entries in the quicknotes but since its filled with ideas I've come up with spur of the moment, it does tend to have some conflicting ideas as well, which can get confusing if you find yourself out of tune with your story after a long break from it.
Overall, I like the QN&R file because it provides me with a nearly inexhaustible well of ideas to pull from and it reminds me of what the story was at certain points of its lifespan. That's the sort of thing that's easy to forget about.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes. Piggybacking off the last question, despite making a detailed outline, I tend to let the characters do their thing even when it messes up my original plot, because I see it being their story, not mine. They can write it however they wish.
Sometimes I act out scenes with my characters as well so that I can understand the physicality of their actions from scene to scene.
What advice would you give other writers?
There's a lot to say. I couldn't possibly cover that here. I guess the one thing I'd say is, persistence is key. Never give up or get dejected. I believe that the more you write, the stronger your voice gets.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I wanted to take my destiny into my own hands. I learned all that I could and finally published Average Joe and the Extraordinaires on December 18, 2014.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It won't be slowing down any time soon. I think we'll see a flurry of brand new ideas and ways to engage the reading audience. I think Amazon will eventually get a worthy challenger and have their crown as industry top dog in contention. All in all, I think authors will continue to thrive and find creative ways to sell their books.
What genres do you write?: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, LitRPG, GameLit, Action and Adventure
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Audiobook
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