Perusing other blogs, looking for writing prompts, I came across this site : http://phdincreativewriting.wordpress.com , in which the author of the site asks other authors a series of questions about their decision to become writers. I thought it would fun to take a look at this and fill it out in these early stages of my blog. Perhaps in years to come I will fill it out again and see where I have gone with time and experience and how my perspective changes.
Becca Zyne is an up and coming author of many genres and as-yet unpublished pieces. Her location and history are not disclosed for personal purposes. Most of her writing centers around the emotional aspects of human interaction in genres of young adult fiction and science fiction, as well as a few dabbles in murder mystery fiction, historical fiction, and recipe enterprises.
Web Page: https://becomingfulfilled.wordpress.com/
How Becca Zyne Became a Writer
1. Why did you want to become a writer?
In school I never did. I did not have confidence in my writing and found it as more of a chore than anything else, and I rarely had a journal with more than about three consecutive entries. However, as an independent young adult learning about the world and seeing new aspects of life, I felt a need to express myself. Always a quiet person, I discovered that in an academic setting I became more vocal and antagonistic. By sitting and letting the words flow, my voice became louder and my ideas became more concrete. Formerly, I did not have a grasp on my own opinions or views, but with the ability to open my soul to print, it gushed out unending and with force. Now I am addicted to the feeling and enjoy most of all creating fictional characters who have their own feelings and opinions.
2. How did you go about becoming a writer?
As a Junior in High School, I did have a teacher encourage me to pursue a talent that she imagined I possessed, but I did not put much effort into it. It was not until I did some blogging overseas that I really started to see something in myself. While studying abroad, I sent mass emails to friends and family about my experience, which for me was a very rough and emotional time. When I came home, I put more focus into it and after a few years really started to pursue the aspect of writing for small competitions and for the readers themselves instead of just the walls of my hard drive.
I joined groups that critiqued my work and read what others were writing, critiquing them in turn and remembering in the back of my mind to learn what I was teaching. Some of the groups hosted chat-rooms and meet-ups, which I found excellent for camaraderie and encouragement. In the back of my mind, I told myself continually that I was a writer and that I must think and write professionally and correctly to further that notion. Finally, I became a writer just because I allowed myself and pushed myself to put those ideas down in written form as often as possible.
3. Who helped you along the way, and how?
Everyone truly is a critic. Unfortunately, few people are willing to point out errors in a friend’s work and so most of my personal friends have been there primarily for the moral support and encouragement. They have helped me believe that I can do more than I myself am aware of. They build that self confidence and tell me my pieces are wonderful.
In school I encountered several excellent teachers who were tough and stringent on the writings. I truly took every mark up as a lesson and attempted to avoid the mistakes in future pieces, several of them becoming images in my brain connected to bad writing habits and scolding me when I allow them onto paper! The writing groups I joined online also brought it’s share of unique perspectives to my writing, challenging my works and pointing out every mistake.
The closest person to me, however, is my husband, who has learned how to tell me that something I wrote is no good, and how to step back when I tell him that it is written perfectly. He provides with ideas, feedback, and encouragement every day. I hope someday to have miniature editors in my children, as I have raised them to be frank and helpful in this type of medium.
4. Can you tell me about a writer or artist whose biography inspires you?
As a teenager I read several (fictional) biographies about missionaries and martyrs. In those books I learned what it was to struggle and overcome, and this concept is embedded within me.
5. What would you say in a short letter to an aspiring writer?
I have been very impressed with the abilities of young writers, and I would encourage them greatly to just keep putting those thoughts down. The imagination does not have limits and the more you use it, the larger it will grow. Writing gives a person an outlet for emotion, a medium for expressing thoughts and ideas, and burst of self awareness. A writer can apply their craft to any job, and the better versed they are, the more chance they have at gaining what they are looking for. So I would tell any young person, whether they aspire to be a young writer or not, to just keep at it. Don’t stop, and teach your kids proper grammar.