Carl Scharwath / The Running Poet
Photograph credit to: Amanda Sofia Sinco
- What got you into writing? I started to write for the very first time after a near accident. While out on a night run and feeling great, I walked across the street on my way home. Looking left and right my first few steps were leading me to the other side. I heard someone talking and turned to look when out of the darkness a car emerged a few feet from me. I escaped being hit by inches and had this out of body type experience walking home. Having never written anything before that very night I wrote a poem about the experience and then a short story as well. Both were published and I fell in love with writing. Being an avid reader also inspires me to write. Running is a special compliment to my writing as they now work hand in and in the creative process.
2. What is a usual writing day for you? Having a full time career, being a grand-pa and training for competitive running sadly only leaves about two hours per week dedicated to my writing. Most of my poem and story ideas come to me while running so the outlines only need to be completed. A future goal would be to dedicate more time to writing.
3. Do you get writers block? If so how do you overcome it? Yes, the best way to fill that empty page I am staring at in apprehension is go for a run and come back invigorated and ready.
4. Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? Yes, I always write an outline to my short stories, and through the week lines and thoughts will come. I am inspired by all the writers who can write for hours with a great focus. My three to four page short stories can take up to two months to complete. There is a feeling they are never complete as they will be edited and changed many times. I have written over 60 poems, a play and sport articles and those I can write efficiently but a story can be a painstaking yet rewarding process.
5. What was the publishing process like for you, and advice any aspiring authors? All writers whether they are famous or just starting out have been rejected many times. Art is truly in the eye of the beholder and that is my philosophy when I submit my writing. I can send the same short story to numerous publications and receive feedback the story is not for us and then like magic another editor will accept it and give you positive feedback. My advice is never give up and when an editor takes the time to suggest changes accept that and learn from all your rejections. Finally think outside of the box with your writing. Tell the world you are a writer and look for creative ways to network, whether social media, public readings or searching for other non traditional opportunities to share your passion with others.
6. What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Having my first poetry book published and my first non fiction article on ways to give back to the sport of running, which were featured in two major runner’s magazines.
7. Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? My first published book of poetry concentrated on the general theme that there are people in our society who need help. The human condition is a general philosophy I tend to share in all my writing. My poetry and short stories tend to be of the minimalist style and I want my readers to hopefully reflect on how the writing brings the beauty of life to everyone. Currently I just completed my first 10 minute play and am excited to be working with my daughter on a children’s book. My daughter will supply the artwork and my grandson will be the character in this book.
8. Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Being a father and grandfather is my true blessing in life. I am a competitive runner who races every other weekend. I also train and compete in sprint triathlons. My newest love is art-photography and I love the surrealistic style. I am happy that on my first submission to a photography journal they accepted the work for publication.
9. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? Mother Theresa, the supreme person who gave of herself to others without any question.
10. Do you have anything you want to say to your readers? Please read, with so many other entertainment options, reading is the one special joy that can bring you peace, joy and knowledge. http://barometricpressures.blogspot.com/2013/10/journey-to-become-forgotten-carl.html