Interview with WGI Mentor Craig muMs Grant

by: Chiara Montalto-Giannini

1. So many folks know you from your poetry and your writing – when did you start writing? What is your earliest memory of writing (or, wanting to be a writer)?

I remember writing a poem in grade school. I painted as well. I really took to drawing. But I really started to enjoy writing in high school from writing rhymes. I was a rapper.  

2. What is your writing process like?   

My process is a bit all over the place. It involves a lot of contemplation and procrastination, until there’s a deadline and a check.   

3. What do you think makes a good story and what kinds of stories are you drawn to?  

I’m drawn to sci-fi and ideas of the future. I like any stories that imagines a different type of world that we’ve become used to.  

4. What are some of your favorite books/movies?  

I love spy novels. (Not that I read that much)  I love big budget superhero movies. Those are the only movies I will go to a movie theater for.  

5. Who are some of your favorite authors and why?   

I love Cormac McCarthy, Walter Mosley and Ann Rice. All have taught me how to craft a near perfect sentence.  

6. What is your interesting writing “quirk” 

Hmm… I guess it’s that I could pawn over a sentence for hours. That’s just the process of writing poetry I guess.  

7. How are you finding writing these days? Has anything changed for you in terms of writing/art/creativity and/or your process?  

I’m feeling pressure to write and to be a creative. It may just be me. It’s just that everyone is being creative online and I just can’t seem to focus. But I have had some moments.  

8. How do you handle writers block?  

I write. I have a page on my gdrive entitled 200 crappy words. If I’m blocked I go there to clear my head. Writing 200 crappy words takes some pressure off.  

9. What is the most surprising thing you have learned from writing?   

That I’m actually good at it. I actually have an instinct for telling stories and crafting sentences. I do have to keep reminding myself though.  

10. What is the best piece of advice you have for anyone struggling with writing?  

Go into a bookstore. Look at all the books that are in there. All have been written by published authors. And the realize there is no possible way every single on of them is a better writer than you. Now write! 

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