As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
I have experimented with creativity in many different formats. My answer to this question would probably vary depending on the day, but creativity for me right now is the appreciation of unconventional beauty. My favorite thing about creativity is creative freedom — knowing that there is no wrong answer, but endless right answers to creative endeavors.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I express my creativity in many different ways, but in a literary sense, I started feeling fulfilled and proud of my writing in high school. It took me that long to understand creative freedom, and then learn to use it. My muse is not necessary one person, but the buildup of knowledge, understand and even frustration I have acquired though many relationships, either platonic or not. I still sometimes seek inspiration from past relationships, but I tend to mainly write about the fresh ones. I feel as though I focus more on themes that I’ve experienced in several relationships, instead of one person, although sometimes that is the case.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
Many times in my life I’ve written something that I was extremely proud of. This feeling tends to fade the next day, but sometimes it stick around. I think that some of my proudest moments as a writer is when my work is accepted for publication — especially the first time the happened. I have several poems published in The Endicott Review and The Endicott Observer (where I went to school), and those were the first publications to accept my work. I wish I could say I am totally fulfilled by writing for myself, but I do really enjoy sharing my work with other people.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
I tend to write when an idea comes to me. I don’t sit down with the intention of writing. My writing usually comes in a rush, typically corresponding with a time when my life that is equally chaotic. When I am perfectly content, I don’t tend to write well or often, but it’s good. I go through periods where I am sane and I do a lot of constructive editing and submitting my work, and then periods when all I do is aggressively write down random lines in the notes section of my phone at red lights because I think I’ve been stuck by some creative genius and I can’t bare to loose it haha.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
I can’t say I consciously make time for writing — it just happens. If an idea comes to me and I don’t immediately write it down, I will loose it. So, I’ve learned to quickly write ideas down when they come to me, and then when I have time later I revise. The more time consuming yet equally important part of being a writer comes after though. I have to consciously set time aside to edit my work, submit to publications, and do other promotional work. This is all incredibly time consuming, but if you love writing enough, you will wake up early on a Saturday morning to work towards your dream like I’m doing right now!
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
For me, creatively and publication are two very separate things. When being creative, I would suggest not focusing on publication at all. If I wrote what I thought people would want to publish, I would be a horrible writer. When it comes to publication, you really need to be your own number one fan. This can be uncomfortable at first, but you have to believe in you own work before any one else will. My biggest piece of advise for young writers who are just getting into the world of publication, is to not let rejection discourage you. If your work is not accepted for publication, it does NOT mean it’s not good. Keep hustling, and you hard work will pay off.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
Personally, I would like to push my writing even farther, and challenge myself. I don’t know exactly what that will look like, but I would like my next collection of poetry to be more insightful, mature, and hopeful. While I love commiserating with my readers, as I navigate my way through life, I hope to help other people find there way, and maybe learn from my mistakes. Professionally, I hope to reach as many people as a can with my books, including my first collection of self-published poetry “White Wine and Medical Marijuana”. This book mainly focuses on my life in college, where I would like my next book to focus on more mature, enlightened topics.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Julia Cirignano is writer from Boston Ma. She was homeschooled through high school, and graduated Endicott College this past May with a BA in creative writing with a music minor. Julia has poetry published in The Endicott Review, The Endicott Observer, Mad Swirl, The New York Literary Magazine, Red Wolf Journal, and The Somerville Times. She recently self-published a book of poetry titled White Wine and Medical Marijuana.
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Read Julia’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Karma” — p. 115
“Indian Summer” — p. 121
“Not Ready” — p. 136