“I was about to pull the trigger when I thought, ‘Wait a minute, is Dave worth killing an endangered species?’” Laura Knapp says, “I’ve got to admit, I had a lot of fun writing this piece.”
How did you discover that you were a writer?
I started writing fiction when I was 10, a result of having fallen in love with reading. But considering myself a writer, and not just a would-be writer, was a slow process over the course of decades. I discovered finally that there are many kinds of writers, and sometime around my 30th birthday, after I started my first job where I earned a paycheck by writing, I realized I had actually been one all along. In short, it’s the act of writing that defines a person as a writer, not getting published or a paycheck.
Describe your writing process.
I try to write every day, though I probably end up writing about five days a week. My process is pretty “trial and error.” I generally get an outline in my head and then write a rough draft as quickly as possible, though not usually in one sitting. I spend much more time on editing. That’s the part I enjoy the most, too. I love playing around with the elements in the rough draft, experimenting with different lines, dialog, endings, etc. Then after I get a semi-final draft completed, I bring it in to the good folks at the Naperville Writers Group. I always get insightful feedback from them.
What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?
Writing is a great way to channel frustration, and there’s nothing more frustrating in my life than the corporate world. I don’t see myself as the narrator in the story, but he is an exaggerated version of people I’ve worked with. I got to admit, I had a lot of fun writing this piece.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on various short stories and flash fiction. Some of my recent published stories include “Altitude Sickness” in the March issue of The Bitchin’ Kitsch (http://www.talbot-heindl.com/bitchin_kitsch), “The Spruce Room” in the Autumn 2016 issue of Rose Red Review (http://roseredreview.org/2016-autumn/ ) and “Man and Woman Depicted at Dusk” in the Naperville Writers Group literary publication, Rivulets 28 (https://napervillewritersgroup.org/rivulets/).