About Meirav Oz:
My name is Meirav Oz, I’m a published Author, Screen Writer, a world-wide Speaker and an Owner of a Talent Recruitment Agency for Advertising, with over a decade of managerial experience in Israel’s leading international Advertising agencies. I live in Tel Aviv, in an old beautiful neighborhood, I love the city and I “live the city”. I had a wonderful but crazy hectic career and the writing literally saved me from it. Today I’m at an amazing period in my life where I do what I want in my own time and writing is a big part of it.
What inspires you to write?
People. From all kinds. Just getting to know them or getting their “voice”. I don’t have an office and I will never will, I work from coffee shops. I’m one of those who doesn’t need a quiet environment to write, on the contrary, I’m addicted to noise. Other’s people’s conversations can lit something in me, some insight that would lead to another one that will make me write. A good conversation with an interesting person can inspire me to write and long drives. I love driving. I can say that the ‘wheel’ is certainly gets the wheels in my brain start running.
Regarding my novel One Wrong Move – It’s a novel depicting the behind-the-scenes of the advertising world so my job was definitely a wonderful inspiration for it. I remember days while sitting at presentation in boardrooms, participating and yet the same time observing everyone and everything. I used to run to my office and write all kinds of thoughts, insights & ideas for scenes that I would write them later at nights or weekends.
Tell us about your writing process.
I think I’m a combination of both. It’s important to me to have a general outline but it’s very loose. I let the characters dictate their own path.
I’m not the kind of person who writes every day. For me it comes in bursts of inspiration in various times and it can last for days and then disappear. I think a lot about the plot, the characters etc. The thinking process is the longest. I write notes on my Iphone in codes only I understand (sometimes even I don’t understand them 🙂 ).
When it comes to the keyboard it pours out of me with almost no editing afterwards. Even if I do edit it, I always go back to the first version. For example the first two chapters of my novel were written at 4AM for a column that later evolved into a novel. I didn’t change anything, all the characters were born that night.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course I do. While I’m writing I do it all the time. I just try not to do it in public 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Oh I have few:
• During the writing process: while writing don’t be afraid of exposure and let yourself go all the way.
• Enjoy it. Don’t think what people might say, or if it will turn into a success or a failure. Write it for yourself, even if it will never come out to the world.
• Take writing courses. I took about 5 including screen writing – it’s very good for learning how to write authentic dialogs.
• Find inspiration anywhere. Start by listening to people. We tend to hear but not listen. I’ve learned to listen to people and most important to myself.
• Don’t let anyone read your Manuscript, pick only people you trust their mind and judgment and remember that the only person you should listen in the end is yourself.
• Send your Manuscript to as much publishers as you can. The more the merrier…!
• Don’t let negatives comments put you down, everything happens for a reason, this is not a cliché. If you believe in it – it will be publish someday.
• Once its published think of a unique way to promote it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My novel started from an anonymous column in an Israeli magazine and was about behind the scene of the advertising world. The writing was my gateway from the hectic crazy world of advertising. I wrote about myself and my life and no one knew I was the one behind this character. After about a year the magazine went out of business and I found myself continuing writing this fictional personal diary and realized that I’m writing a novel. Once I realized I have a novel it was obvious I’ll do anything to publish it, no matter how long it will take.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It will be mainly online, which is a wonderful thing because the power goes from the publishers to the consumers/readers. They will decide what to read!
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Comedy, Romantic comedy, Drama comedy and Romance novels
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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