Where Are They Now? with Jonathan Tebble

We catch up with author Jon about his new book and Arts Award experience!

Where Are They Now? with Jonathan Tebble

What are you up to in your creative work at the moment?

I have just published my first book about my transition; you can read the interview I did for Arts Award Voice here! Other than that, I write in my spare time: I do text-based roleplay on networking sites which helps me build my creative writing and thinking skills and I write short (and longer) stories. I find reacting and interacting with other people to a plotline is a great way to start and continue regular creative writing.

What are the highlights of your arts career to date?

Probably my book getting published, which I've always wanted to do! I also took part in NaNo in 2012, which is where you write 50,000 words of a novel in a month- and I completed it!

What do you hope to be doing in five years time?

I'd like to continue writing- perhaps work for a music magazine, and I'd like to definitely continue with my novel writing- I have four more to go in the series I started in November!

Which levels of Arts Award did you do, and how did you use it to develop your creativity or skills?

I'm currently doing my Gold. I hope to link my words with screen printing artwork, which I think will help me think about how words and scenes work as screen printed pieces. I'm looking forward to it; it's going to be a very interesting exercise.

What advice would you give to young people doing Arts Award who want to follow in your footsteps?

Write as much as you can and develop a style you feel comfortable with. Think about how you can make your writing interesting and readable; for me, that's the key. When I write collaboratively with someone, I like them to be able to understand the flow of my writing, and this also helps in 'every day' writing as well as personal creative writing.

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