My Interview with Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a friend of mine who writes for the blog, “The Write Practice” He has recently released a book called Let’s Write A Short Story I am so glad he has allowed me to interview him and I hope you enjoy reading this.

Tell us about your background.

Well like so many people, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. So when I went to college, I studied literature and writing. The problem was that I wasn’t actually writing outside of my assignments. I expected school to make me a writer. (It didn’t.)

A year after I graduated, I was working this miserably boring desk job. I was so bored that I decided to start a blog, just to have something to think about. All of a sudden, I was writing everyday, and my writing was getting drastically better. That’s why I’m such a proponent for daily practice. You can’t be a writer if you’re not actually writing, something it took me a long time to figure out. And if you can practice in public, you’ll get better even faster. 

After that, I did some journalism, traveled around the world for a year and wrote about it, edited a few books, and ghostwrote a book. Then, in July 2011, I started The Write Practice to help other wannabe writers like me turn into real writers through daily practice. 

Where did you get the idea for Write Practice?

I knew I wanted to start some kind of blog and to do it right, to take it seriously and try to get 1,000 subscribers.

At the same time, I had heard Geoffrey Colvin, author of the book Talent is Overrated, talk about the idea of deliberate practice, and that you need 10,000 hours of it to become a master of your craft. For weeks, I asked myself, “How do you practice writing deliberately?” It’s a question I’m still asking myself.

So that’s where the initial idea came from, a blog about practicing writing deliberately

You use a very unique blogging format for WP – a short article followed by a practical writing prompt. Where did you get the idea for that?

This continues from the previous answer, because one thing I admired about the big blogs I was reading was how many comments they got. I cared more about comments as social proof than I did about facebook shares or tweets. I wanted to have a blog that got a lot of comments. And so these three questions sort of merged in my mind over the process of a few months: what should I write about to create a successful blog, how do you practice writing deliberately, and how do you get a lot of comments?  

Then, one day the name, “The Write Practice” popped into my brain and I had it. It was a eureka moment. I had a sense for how all the prompts and the articles would work together, and I started writing articles right away. It was really exciting!

Do you personally have any writing projects you are working on? 

So many. I’m working on a short story right now (or three). I have a non-fiction book I’m ghostwriting. And then there are new projects every day. It’s always a mad rush of writing through the day.

Tell us three very interesting things about you that most of us will not know.

I have devil eyebrows. They look like little horns. I was once in New York City visiting Ellis Island when a park ranger asked me, “Are you the devil?” Yes, ma’am. I am.

About a year and a half ago, I fractured my wrist and didn’t go to the doctor. I still can’t bend it as far as I used to and it clicks sometimes. Working as a freelance writer doesn’t come with health insurance.

This always earns the ire of writers, but I actually really like Twilight. I’ve heard all the arguments against the books, from “she’s a terrible writer” to “it’s anti-feminist,” and I don’t disagree. But I also think Stefenie, for all her flaws, is kind of a genius, and I will defend my position to anyone who wants to have a serious, respectful debate. 


Thanks, Joe, for such awesome responses. Leave a Comment for Joe if you would like below.

In addition, Joe posted an article of mine on The Write Practice this past Saturday. When you go visit his site be sure to also check out my article My appriciation again to Joe for the interview and the guest post!




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