Fiction, Monologues, Plays & More
Here at Eclectic Voices, we are just as interested in the behind-the-scenes madness of creative minds as we are in the final product. So, we decided to offer you some juicy interviews with movers and shakers in the creative worlds of literature, theatre and film. This issue features our one and only Eclectic Voices Writer Tyler Tanner. Enjoy!
Tyler Tanner: My buddy and sometimes writing partner Jeff Folschinsky asked me if I would be interested in joining after I co-wrote and performed a few late night installments for the Eclectic Theatre
EV: What are you working on right now?
TT: Many different things, but I’m primarily concentrating on a full length play called “Punks” that is loosely based my time in a Juvie Brat Camp between the ages of 12 and 13
EV: What was your inspiration for your current project?
TT: I thought it was pretty unique. I really haven’t met anyone else that went through the same thing I did. For a long time I tried to distance myself from that event, but now I’m struggling to remember.
EV: What is the most exciting thing about writing and/or theater?
TT: Character development and weaving those into an overall narrative. Also, writing with a certain agenda in mind and having it evolve as you write. Would you have come up with the same conclusion or inspiration if you had decided to write this scene the day before? The week before? It’s fascinating.
EV: What is the most terrifying thing about writing and/or theater?
TT: Writing under a deadline. Did you write just to put something out there or was it really your best? Also, actor interpretation. I sometimes write with a specific cadence in mind. If the actor doesn’t grasp it, it can be tedious. I have, however, been completely surprised when someone presents a choice I’ve never thought of and it works.
EV: Who are some of your writer heroes?
TT: Sharon Kay Penman, who writes wonderful historical fiction. And even thought it may sound cliche, William Shakespeare.
EV: What or who inspires you to write?
TT: What: History mostly. And travel, but I consider the two linked. I’ll go to a place and find out what happened in a particular area, read up on it, get excited about it and then want to write about it in a play format. I essentially want to share with you what I get excited about. The reason why I choose plays is, since I’m of modest means, it has a chance of being produced in that format. Then it can be easily converted.
Who: My friend Jeff. The guy is a work horse. I’ve always admired his consistency and fearlessness. Qualities that I strive for. I tend to write sporadically and psyche myself out when working on a project. Sometimes it will be years before I renew something again.
EV: What advice do you have for other writers just starting out?
TT: Never be satisfied with a first draft. It’s great that you got from point A to point B and finished, but there is always room for improvement. That being said, stick to your vision and learn to distinguish between constructive criticism and “being attacked.” Most people want to help.
And realize that writing is a component to the whole. I always bring up the movie Alien: would the movie be just as good with the same script but a different production design and director? Ripley was originally written as a man. Allow others to be inspired and add to what you’ve written. Or least be open to the idea. It’s a compliment.
EV: If you could change one thing about theater or the writing world, what would it be?
TT: I’ll get back to you on that one. I’m still having a good time.
More info about Tyler:
Originally from Texas, Tyler Tanner, as a young lad, dreamed of becoming the next Don Dokken. At Lon Morris College his musical tastes refined and realized he was more of a Robert Goulet type. He then tried his hand at writing comedy. It started with an online comedy troupe called What’s Wrong With Wally, then evolved to Tres Grimm at The Met and a late night serial comedies at Sacred Fools and The Eclectic. He has now “matured” to drama where he incorporated his wittiness and love of history into a monologue called “A Life” which played also at the Eclectic.