Friday's Star: Brett Day
Brett Day resides in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma, but is originally from Brighton, England. Brett moved to the states in 2002. Brett has a huge interest in the world of technology, home theater, video gaming, and sports. Brett loves writing and enjoys sharing his knowledge on all of these subjects.
Hi Brett. Welcome to Mandy’s Pages. It is an honor to have you at the Friday’s Stars. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Brett Day. I would describe myself as someone who enjoys writing about anything that comes to mind, and I love the experiences that writing brings me. I love being able to share things with others in a way that enables them to get full enjoyment out of my words.
That is definitely the heart of a writer … wanting to write just about anything that makes the reader fell your words. Do tell us something about the start of your writing career. When did it begin? What led you to it.
The first time I wrote an article was tough. Writing articles was so foreign to me, I honestly did not know where or how to start, and I felt incredibly lost. I knew I had to start though because some doors had been shut behind me and the door to writing had been opened. Stepping through that door was hard, but the rewards from taking that first step have been wonderful.
How do you usually find your ideas?
I generally write about technology so most of my ideas come to me in the form of press releases and announcements from major companies. However, when I write pieces that are not covering the latest and greatest releases I try to get a feel of what is going on with people and society, how technology is changing people and what specifically is changing. By interacting with others, and by observing how technology can alter their everyday lives, it can lead to some interesting stories.
So would it be safe to say that you concentrate your expertise on technology? Although you are a versatile writer, you want to be known as a tech-professional.
Yes, I mainly write about technology and the tech world. Technology has played a massive role in my life and I have a very thorough understanding of smartphones, video games, televisions, cameras, and anything else with a power button, but really, nothing is off limits.
Would YOU consider yourself an expert in the field?
Yes, I like to think of myself as an expert in the field. I have been around technology for many, many years, and I know the ins and outs of the industry very well. I have reported on many major announcements and have had good success when it comes to predicting where the tech industry is going.
When you write reviews, news updates and about fresh tech-releases, it becomes a constant need to keep up with facts and information. Do you face writer’s blocks?
I would not say that I suffer with writer's block, I am fortunate in the sense that I have never had problems with getting the words down onto paper, usually because there is just so much going on in the technology world. My biggest challenge right now would be time management, and that is something that can stop me from getting work done.
That is interesting. Many writers put it down to writer’s block or the inability to take on more writing contracts than one can chew … but managing time for what one has on one’s plate, that definitely requires time management.
Just as I mentioned above, my own personal time management skills are not where they need to be. I sometimes struggle to find time to sit down and write as much as I would like to, but other than that I cannot say that I face many challenges, or if there are any, I do not see them as challenges because writing is so rewarding.
Ok, kind of tricky question for you now: If a publisher were to review your writing, how do you think they will grade you on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the best?
I think they would rate me pretty highly, maybe a 7/10. Unlike many technology journalists I have an ability to turn even the most complicated subjects into something that everyone can understand and benefit from, so I think my ability to make technology and how it works available for everyone to understand would stand out.
Impressive! And how would you rate your quality of writing from 1 to 10?
I know I am not the best writer out there, and I know that there are many areas where I can improve, but overall I think I would rate myself 7/10. I can sometimes get carried away and can ramble on too long, but for the most part I think I do ok.
What would you advice an aspiring writer?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself, make sure you do not lose who you are in your work, make sure your own voice is heard and not somebody else’s. It can be quite easy to lose yourself in the writing world. Stay strong, and just know that if you write from your heart, your work will be good.
Finally, how does Brett Day visualize his future?
I think there is a book in my future. Right now, I am not sure just how I will get there, but it has been a dream of mine to write a book, and I am going to do everything I can to make sure that it happens.
Thank you very much for your time Brett, I really enjoyed this interview! Best of luck in your future endeavors!