Keenen Watts is a Fantasy-Fiction writer. He’s the author of Peter and James, a series about two cats trying to get out of debt with the dreaded Cafia. He lives his days in relative silence while he types away at his keyboard sewing facts and fiction together with a drop of creativity creating stories for the world to see, for years to come!
What inspires you to write?
I’m not inspired to write as much as It’s just a part of me. Things that inspire stories are my everyday life. My past, present, and future. Little things from the placement of a cup on my desk to the way my day went can influence my writing. I use what I know to create stories that pull the reader in.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is pretty straight forward. Everytime I get an idea I pitch it to friends and family, if I get a good response I write it down. Every once in a while they make we realize that maybe it’s not such a good story idea and I put it on the back burners on my brain.
The first thing I do is get everything out. I usually don’t have an outline for this part. After that I look over it and decide things I want to change. This is the time when characters are added and removed or scenes are reordered or deleted.
After I have everything how I want it I edit it and get rid of spelling and grammar errors then i repeatedly look over it and make sure everything is perfect. I make sure characters are staying true to themselves and the plot is doing what it needs. In this stage there have been many times when I will simply change one word or sentence, sometimes an entire paragraph is needed.
That is my basic writing process and books take different amounts of time until they feel “Perfect.” I have been know to read the same page for hours tweaking it, until I get rid of that gnawing feeling that keeps telling me it’s not good enough yet.
I’m a discovery writer that uses OpenOffice to write and calibre to convert my book to ePub file.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters, I become them. Sometimes when walking around, sitting, watching T.V, ect. I will see a scene play out in my head. I often take the role of one of the characters and act out the scene as I see it. If it’s a keeper I’ll immediately stop what I’m doing and write it down. Sometimes I can preserve these memories with small words and other times it takes pages or writing to get out! I don’t create the stories, I simply tell them.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice that I was given as a writer is to write everyday. Believe it or not my father was the first person that told me this, he thinks writers and non-writers should write at least something everyday. I agree with him. There have been days I sat down just to write one day, next thing you know I have an entire chapter done. The days you don’t write are the days you would have done the most.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided I will publish eBook for most of my books. It’s a faster process, I can get content to my reader’s faster. I get all the rights, makes future planning less “do I have the rights to do this?” I do have a series in mind I want to do for print and part of the is just the fact of saying I’m traditional published.
I’m a self published Author and believe you should do what’s best for YOU. People can give you advice but if you know one way is better for you than another, go that way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well, I think there are good things to come, and I think there are bad things to come. I think the fact more people can publish eBooks with such ease is a great thing. However, that means more eBook that people just “throw” up and don’t take the time to add love and care.
I think that we will continue on a path of, “anyone can” but there being more and more specialty websites that will point people in the right direction and will review ebook before they promote them!
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
fantasy, fiction, adventure, talking cats, cat underground, humor, comedy, short story
What formats are your books in?