Doug Bentley lives quietly in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of four books currently available here:
PHILOSOPHICAL FRAGMENTS OF YOUR ANCIENT NAME: REVISED & EXPANDED a journey of self-discovery into the sanctuary of your soul - and beyond!;
A CANADIAN'S POEMS: one of the best kept secrets in Canadian English Poetry today;
GO -21st Century Existentialism in an Absurdist Theme: a full-length 4 Act play based on the landmark play by Samuel Beckett, Waiting For Godot;
GRAIN -Mystical Poems: an English sonnet sequence of 28 classic love poems and one long contemplation on death and dying.
A quick Q&A with the author follows.
What inspires you to write?
I write poetry and scripts for live theatre. Poetry is perhaps the most private of all the literary forms. In writing "GRAIN -Mystical Poems" I consciously challenged myself to create poetry which is in sync with both the classic music and the evergreen content of the mainstream literature of poetry. It seemed to me that no poetic content was more "evergreen" than the mystical encounter which originates in a deep and personal layer of the soul. In short, the discipline of the genre inspires me to write poetry.
I was inspired to write my theatre script "GO" after watching a few of the popular plays by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I am not a fan of his brand of theatre, and wrote this script partially in defiance of the trend of inane entertainment which his plays had spawned. But the project evolved into a much more serious investigation of contemporary existential angst when I learned how to turn philosophical concepts into definable and distinct theatrical characters. The project then took on a momentum of its own and I found myself filling many notepads with lines and snippets of speeches which required several months editing to sort. In short, I was inspired to write the script because I was carried along by the momentum of the characters as they evolved.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
For any writer I think it is most important to write for personal enjoyment first. If other people 'get it', then, that's great! If they don't, then they don't. No harm done. Not everyone will like what you write.
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