Write Now with Devon Henry
How a proud Angeleno finds places to write.
Write Nowprovides a glimpse into how different people write for a living.Today's edition features Devon Henry,writer from Los Angeles and self-professed nerd queen.
Who are you?
I'm Devon Henry and I'm a writer from Los Angeles,CA.
What do you write?
I write comedy,mostly,and serial fiction.I don't think there was ever a time that I didn't want to write.Some of my fondest memories are of walking to the 99 Cent Store on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax with my parents to pick out a fresh notebook to fill with short stories — usually about ghostly starlets and talking cats and monsters made out of tar that bubbled up from cracks in the pavement.
Something that has become very important to me,as I've gotten older,is to explore mental illness and insecurity through my work as a way to encourage people to be more open with each other.That being said,I try to avoid ever letting my work get heavy.I want to be able to present these subjects in a way that normalizes them and makes them easier to talk about.
Where do you write?
Oh,I'm the worst.I write like a racoon found a typewriter in a dumpster.My workspace is wherever in the house I can get a bit of quiet,have access to an outlet and a place to put my Diet Coke.
Usually I scrawl my ideas out on whatever is nearby when inspiration strikes — a napkin,receipts,the odd notebook and then type it up in a Google doc.I prefer Google docs because I can access them from pretty much anywhere.
When do you write?
I try to never force myself to write because that's the surest way to give myself writer's block.But writing isn't just what I do,it's also my outlet.So I like to do an hour or two of writing each night.I'm usually working on 2–3 different pieces and I'll switch between them to keep ideas fresh.My goal is to finish one piece a week.
Why do you write?
I have to.I don't really know what I'd do with myself otherwise.Writing is such a big part of who I am and how I communicate with the rest of the world.
How do you overcome writer's block?
Honestly?I let it think it's won.I don't stop writing,because that's a great way to get stuck,but I just work on something else.I find the ideas come when I put less pressure on whatever it was I was working on originally.一些作家可以通过,and I admire that.I still have to trick it.
Bonus: What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Being the obnoxious Angeleno I am,I have to say driving is something I truly love.I like getting out early on the weekends with my partner or a few of my friends and seeing something extraordinary.I love the desert or going up the coast for the day or even staying close to home and exploring another part of the city.
My other great love is museums.And I could lie and say I just lose my mind over contemporary art,but let's be real,if I only have one free afternoon in a weekend,I'm probably spending it with the dinosaurs.