After I graduated from college (with a degree in English literature – what else?!), I came to Japan. Because there’s a high turnover of expats, it was pretty easy to break into writing for English-language magazines and newspapers here. Now I’ve published stories, essays, and books all over the world.
Writers are sometimes influenced by things that happen in their own lives. Are you?
Yes, definitely. I have my idea radar on all the time. Even if my day is relatively normal, I might be inspired by a news headline, or a story that someone else tells me. Even after living in Japan for 26 years, there is still a lot that surprises me about this country. I’m always finding new things to write about.
- Read a lot. Occasionally read something outside your field of interest/genre.
- Use prompts if you get stuck.
- Be persistent and patient.
- Be nice. The publishing world is more like a village.
- Create a community and help other writers when you can. I believe in writerly karma. J