There’s a very enchanting quality to the lightlessness. To be frank elements of darkness will embrace the pure pitch. It’s actually quite odd, I’ve now facilitated a few interviews where the writers preferred genre falls into the category of Noir. A place I’ve been EXTREMELY comfortable exploring since the age of 13. There is something tremendously soothing about being steeped inside of this literary category – no matter how the darkness manifests it always contributes to a different perception. At times, individuals tend to fill their life with an inauthentic positive light as they do not comprehend that with the presence of light there must always be the obscurity to keep things balanced. The possibilities in comfort oozing from the darkness has the capacity to ensconce our humanity in a fashion that renders us grateful for the imagery steeped in onyx pitch. Noir is so necessary, if we are to have any semblance of hope in our lives, as that duality genuinely allows us to contemplate the importance of dark subjects with a slight white lining. Dean Parker’s work undoubtedly sits very well in the shadows, as I mentioned before however there are always aspects of hope and love present. Check him out for yourself on Instagram @ghoxtscrpt. I’ve known many to run away from this genre as the subjects can be pretty hefty but, there is something about it that brings me tremendous comfort. So, give Noir a chance!
RMMW: Have you ever been creatively blocked? If yes, how did you over come it?
DP: Fortunately, not yet, I think this is down to the passion I use, a lot of my personal process is capturing inner emotion which I have of experience with.
RMMW: We all have an inner critic; how do you contend with yours?
DP: I don’t think I'm ever entirely happy with a piece of work. I have taken a lot of inspiration from writers like Bohemian Blades but the more I understand the whole world of having Writing as a muse the more I believe the imperfect parts are the identity we write with, so I'd say I just try to keep evolving and embrace my own criticisms as an important part of the process.
RMMW: Do you have any artist rituals before starting a new piece?
DP: Not particularly, I do tend to produce my better pieces when I'm dealing with life’s deeper side though, been a few occasions I've been heartbroken but then I put it on paper and get that untouchable feeling again so more power to the s**t that hurts I suppose. lol
RMMW: What was the catalyst that started your desire to put pen to paper and create poetry?
DP: I had a relatively tough childhood so I guess it was finding an outlet at first, I fell in love with writing because of how pure it can be though. That’s kept me going since.
RMMW: What do enjoy most about creating pieces that are heavily steeped in the Noir genre?
DP: I tend to feel at home in the noir elements, something about the midnight hours has always intrigued me and fired me up. When I realised how dark some of my pieces were, I focused on encouraging myself to do more, I think its a very under-used genre within writing on the whole even though it can encompass a lot of raw emotion, which is one of a writers best tools in my opinion.
RMMW: Do you feel that Noir is an underappreciated writing genre?
DP: Not as such, I think a lot of writers do avoid it to an extent because it can be misunderstood, also I feel its a genre that holds a certain amount of negative depictions’ so I guess that’s why it can be overlooked.
RMMW: Do you ever just people watch to get ideas for characters?
DP: I've always been an observer, since I was knee high, I think, which is most likely another reason I love writing so much. To be able to take a thought through an everyday experience and refine it enough to describe it takes a certain amount of just taking in the everyday things you come across and a lot of the time that is simply people watching, so yeah I guess I do.
RMMW: Please tell me about The Black Scripts posts from your Instagram?
DP: I wanted to firstly encapsulate my mood during the 'Black scripts' period, I'd been putting thoughts down on paper for a good couple of months leading up to the idea and had a few personal situations that were seemingly bringing out a lot of thoughts centred in the noir concept. The images I've used with the material also I picked to highlight this. I will be using the format a little more in the coming new year with a few added personal images to bring my journey a little closer to whoever reads it. I think its important I start using clarity more in terms of connecting with the audience.
RMMW: What is your process, do you write it out or go right to the computer?
DP: I still love the pen and paper; I use it as much as I can. I think with the platforms available it is always a temptation to go straight to the tech options but my love for just getting down on paper will always exist. I do enjoy how creative you can be with socials non the less.
RMMW: Do you feel social media hinders or helps writers?
DP: I think this all depends how focused you are with or without it when it comes to getting into a creative zone. Social media has been an amazing platform for artists of all genres, but I believe more so for the writer as its all predominantly text based. I think we are in a generation of selective readers though. I'm very aware of how hard it is for recognition and validation for your work.
One of the main downsides is plagiarism though. I've had a few situations where my work has miraculously ended up on other pages with no sign of my tag anywhere. I’m not the most patient in them circumstances either lol.
RMMW: What do you want readers to take away from your pieces?
DP: An understanding that I understand. Being so in tune with my own emotions has made me a deep soul and I'd like to think this reflects in my work because above all I think its easier to relate to the things we recognise emotionally.
RMMW: I was reading an article about the 11 Elements of Writing Noir pieces? When you write do you ensure your pieces encompass the main philosophy behind the Noir genre?
DP: I think with me its been the natural way I've developed my writing. At first I wasn't really thinking about how it was unfolding but after coming across other good pieces that used specific elements of the old style of noir - which was crime fiction - I realised I had the ability to cherry pick good writing techniques that helped my identity as a writer. I wouldn't say it fully defines me as a writer because I believe I flow well across all genres but its where I call home now.
RMMW: If you had a superpower what would it be?
DP: We all have a superpower in love, true story. But... I've always had dreams throughout my life that I could fly so as boring as that sounds I'd pick that probably.