About Derek Warmington:
Hello, my name is Derek Warmington. I’m 26 years old. An American poet / philosopher. I’m planning to publish another book titled “Ruminations: Truth, Evolution, & Existentialism,” in 2016. I published my first poem at the age of seven.
I live my life based on the philosophy of self-actualization. Abraham Maslow once wrote, “[self-actualized people are] devoted, working at something, something which is very precious to them– some calling or vocation. They are working at something which fate has called them to somehow, which they love.” That’s what I believe in.
I consider myself more of an innovator than a poet. I do other things, such as social commentary, and books within other genres. I’m starting a business named Dear Drama. Etc.
What inspires you to write?
Love was the inspiration behind “The Sun That Shines and The Storm That Will Always Pass.”
I was around 23 years old. I found myself in a weird situation. I have a big personality, and some people couldn’t handle it, so I found myself mostly alone. And I started writing philosophy.
Sometime after my 26th birthday, one day, I don’t know, I started writing poems, and they turned out to be really good.
Tell us about your writing process.
I began writing TSTSATSTWAP in a stroke of insight. I was basically just going through the most depressing year of my life. And there was a phone call, and no one answered on the other end of the line. So I took out some paper and a pen and I started writing poetry.
I keep about 10 empty college-ruled journals with me in my apartment. Because I write things down everyday. One day, I just decided to write a book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The book is a romance story in which the main character learns how to live a life that’s true to himself. He goes through many disappointments and periods of mania as he searches for the purpose of his own life.
So it’s basically about me and who I already am. If I’m writing something that’s not about me, but about someone else, I become that person. Like an actor does. I imagine my body is different, and then the words just flow out onto the paper.
It’s easy for me to become a different character, or explore a different facet of my personality; the culmination of all of my life experiences. I’ve had a very sporadic life. So I can span across all socioeconomic factors. But back to the question, I don’t listen or talk to my characters, I just become whoever it is I’m channeling in that moment.
I love to act. I’ve done some acting. And I’m a rapper too. Although, I really am a band-guy. I play guitar. So you see, I can easily “switch characters.”
What advice would you give other writers?
Create goals expediently and effectively, and then create sub-goals of the main goals. Then work on your goals, everyday.
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How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published TSTSATSTWAP and I will self-publish my next book, “Ruminations: Truth, Evolution, & Existentialism,” in 2016. From there I will find a company that will publish my catalog.
I advise anyone ever, in any profession, to be goal-oriented. I had a goal, which was to publish a book, and I met that goal.
Self-publishing vs. finding a publisher, I can imagine, that if you’re going to self-publish, you’ll need to promote your book. Bloggers who review books, or advertising, something, anything! But if you don’t promote your book, no one is going to read it.
And it’s best to eventually find a publisher. Because if you’re serious about writing, you should know that people give more respect to books that are published through a publisher. Although that doesn’t make it impossible to self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think industries advance through progress all the time. It’s all about working within the given matrix. So, there’s the internet, and there’s people who want to publish they’re own books.
People are going to gravitate towards things they can do themselves in the 21st century. However, if everyone self-publishes the market will become over-saturated. So there will be the balancing effect of publishers and self-publishers.
And I don’t think the basic laws of the economy will ever be irrelevant. It’s always about supply and demand. People are going to demand authoritative sources for books, and that’s what publishers will supply.
What genres do you write?: Poetry, Philosophy, Fiction, Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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