Writer Interviews: Genevieve Barr.

Genevieve Barr is best known for her acting in The Silence, and more recently in The Fades. When she is not working as an actress, she works as a freelance disability consultant for media companies and non-for-profit organisations. Genevieve is an ambassador of several national charities – Action on Hearing Loss and AFASIC as well as international charity, Hear the World and has been invited to speak at several prestigious events at Downing Street, House of Lords and House of Commons. When I interviewed her for the Hearing Times (April 2012), she mentioned that she loves to write…

What kind of writing do you do?

I like all kinds of writing. When I was at school and university I wrote a lot of poetry. I have always kept a diary. Nowadays, I toy between writing fiction and writing for the theatre/screen. I like to be versatile in the form that I write because different ideas suit being expressed in different ways.

How did you get started writing? What or who inspired you to start?

I wrote a diary. When I was growing up, I was an avid reader – partly due to the fact that I was deaf and I trusted the written word more than the verbal. When you’re going through the dramas of school – of falling in ‘love’ for the first time, falling out with your best friends, life makes pretty interesting reading. People should never think that their own lives are too boring to use. Fact is never very far from fiction; after all, you can only really write about what you know.

What has been the biggest obstacle for you?

The biggest obstacle for me with regards to writing is the discipline. The discipline to sit down regularly and make yourself write. If I go away for a while or I’m lazy and cannot be bothered to put pen to paper, I get rusty with language and expressions. I need to keep writing to stay fluid…and sane!

Do you write full time or do you have a day job?

I don’t think anybody should write ‘full time’ – otherwise you miss out on experiencing life and new adventures! I am an actress for a living which allows me to immerse myself in many interesting characters but given that it’s not a 9-5 job, I spend plenty of time in the real world.

How do you network?

You don’t have to be confident to network but you do have to be ballsy. Everybody loves to feel important, to feel of value, no matter how big or small it is. If there’s someone who you want to meet, pick up the phone/send an email and the social skills will follow.

If you could interview anyone, who would it be?

If I could interview anyone, it would be Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Sorkin is the kind of writer I dream of being.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing about a writer is the lack of shame you feel in letting your imagination run away with you. So many people seem to submerge themselves in grey areas and miss out on the quirky, the unusual, the unexpected. When I sit on a bus, I look at the number of people who are playing with their mobile phones, or reading the paper. Nobody looks out of the window anymore.

How can we contact you?

You can contact me via my website – www.genevievebarr.co.uk which is about to go live. Watch this space!

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