Do you study English/Literature/Poetry at school or is it something you do on your free time aside from your studies? How do you learn about poets and authors and books to read? I'm studying biology at my university but I have a passion for poetry and lit but sometimes I feel like I don't know who or what to read.|
WARNING: LONG INDULGENT ANSWER TO A QUESTION
I don’t! I’m a Biological Natural Scientist myself.
I try to write in my spare time… it’s something I used to do much more of but comments like yours really inspire me to continue. I’m thinking of writing a short story soon (not that I have any semblance of plot in mind!). I really like poetry but I’ve been wanting to write something with a little more structure and purpose. I miss narrative… storytelling and playing with themes in an extended way.
In terms of learning about literature… I’d firstly say that it’s not necessarily books or authors or poets that inspire me. Words and images are everywhere and you just have to listen and look closely around you to realise that there is art in all things. Obviously, reading is immensely important… but the best images I personally think I have ever come up with have struck me whilst looking at something many miles away from any book.
But again, reading is very important for any writer (and I don’t even consider myself a writer… I just like writing). My advice is to read whatever makes you happy… whatever makes you want to write. Don’t force yourself to read “the classics” if you don’t enjoy them. Don’t be afraid to put a book down halfway through if you are taking nothing from it. Ask your friends what their favourite books are… People you trust… and start from there. There is no right or wrong thing to read. There is no right or wrong when it comes to writing. Of course there is bad and good writing and hopefully you will always produce good writing… but it is not impossible to produce good writing having spent years reading bad things. Quite often, I find, I take a lot from a book/experience reading when I have a great conflict with the literature. It’s important to know what you like and don’t like so you can develop your own taste and style.
I think you’ll find also, your writing evolves rapidly as you grow from week to week. Some days it will be better, some days it will be worse. It will change constantly. No one person will sit down on two different days and write the same image. It’s impossible. Imagine describing a rose on a day you are happy and describing the same rose on a day you feel like hiding away forever. There are so many words… so many images to use. I know that for me, personally, I prefer things I’ve written in previous years to things I’ve been writing at the moment. I don’t know whether it’s because I feel a disconnect to those pieces so I can appreciate them more objectively or whether it’s because I am just getting worse at writing. A great big shrug.
Anyway, I hope this helps a little! I know it’s long and… verbose and mostly nonsense but I hope you take a little bit away. And please remember this is all an opinion and it is not the laws and rules of writing because everybody is different and I’m just one uninformed person.
P.S. I hope you don’t mind that I published this. I do want to make people aware that I do care about writing and I think about it a lot and it’s something I really love and not just something I pretentiously indulge in for attention.
What is your favorite poem?|
“In Memory of W.B. Yeats” by W.H. Auden
I need to come out as gay, but I don't know how to raise the subject when around my parents. Could you offer any tips and also if you're comfortable with it, share your coming out experience?|
I definitely had the same issue. I was out to my friends for just over a year before I finally told my parents.
I’ve shared the story before but essentially I just cried solidly to them for over two hours before I finally had to write down what I wanted to say (simply, “I’m gay”) and hand it to my mother.
In terms of tips, the only thing I can really suggest is to make sure you’re ready. Should anything go wrong (which, God forbid would happen) in terms of the reaction of your parents- make sure you’re prepared emotionally for any repercussions.
For me, I had to set a date to “force myself” to do it. My family don’t discuss matters of sexuality, love or otherwise. It’s just not how we do things. It doesn’t mean we love each other less than other families do and I know I am certainly not alone there. It did, however, make approaching the subject of coming out more difficult.
I ended up asking my sister to make plans to leave the house the evening I wanted to tell my parents, in order to make sure I would do it. The moment I sat them down at dinner and said I wanted to tell them something- there was no turning back. Though it was difficult, and I remember some intense emotional agony as I fought myself to even say the words, it was the best thing I have ever done and has strengthened not only my own confidence and self-assurance but my relationship with my parents.
I wish you the absolute best of luck.
Where do you make your gifs?|
How tall are you?|
5’ 10.5” or 5’ 11” on a good day.
Do you even have a cat?|
I have two.
Do you style your hair with gel or do you just somehow magically get it to stay up like that?|
10% of the time I don’t have to do anything. The other 90% I rub a tiny bit of styling wax into my palms and run my hands through the front of my hair to keep it up.
are you a virgin?|
Where do you get your t-shirts made? Thanks :)|
I made them myself - using iron on transfers :3