Q&A

I’d like to share some of the interesting questions I receive, along with my take on them.

If you’d like to ask me a question, don’t hesitate to contact me on any social media (See links to the right of the page) or via the “contact” page here on the site. I will try to answer all of them, and feature the most interesting ones. Feel free to check back from time to time, as this should be updating regularly.

I’ll answer the more basic ones to get the discussion going:

Question: What inspired you to start writing?

Gil: When I was about eight years old, I told an elaborate fable to an adult. He took it to be true and even went to my mother, to inquire about the fictional events I made up on the spot. That encouraged me to tell more stories (read: lies) and I never stopped writing, naturally to varying degrees of quality (or lack thereof). I finally decided to do it for publishing purposes, when I moved to the US in late 2009 and met a group of writers, and made a commitment. There isn’t one thing that inspired me, but the many books I read, following my dismissal from the army. At one point I caught myself thinking “This is beautiful. I wonder if I can make something like this.” I still don’t know the answer, so I guess I’ll keep trying.

Question: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Gil: I myself, am a new writer so I feel that I need to heed my own advice on this. They say “Dance, as if no one is watching.” So my first advice would be, pick a person whose opinion you value and who you’d feel safe hearing feedback from. Do not be afraid of the result. Knowing that everything starts with a first step, really helped me going on. Another famous adage is “Write the story you wish was written.” This one is also true in my view. If you write something that excites you, it’s easier to commit and to finish (which is the most important advice I would give to a new writer).