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?
For me creativity is a self expression of one’s inner feelings and emotions that are not or cannot always verbally expressed. Creativity encompasses writing, art, dance, music, painting etc. Hence, I use writing as a medium and words as my tool to express myself.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
It all started when I was a sophomore and our Literature Teacher had given us few words to compose either a poem or a paragraph. As l always wanted to do things differently, I wrote a poem and felt very proud of myself. Having discovered my talent, there was no stopping me. My creative muse is none other than my eyes! Yes, they enable me to see people and things and I feel empathy to compose on any subject.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
The one which often recurs in my mind is when I was having tea sitting on my terrace. I saw a ragamuffin across the road, sweeping a restaurant’s ground. I was so moved by his tattered clothes and appearance that I wrote a poem at night upon him by the title,The Ragamuffin. The next day I looked for him but never saw him again. He still lives in my poem.
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 think creativity comes naturally you cannot decide beforehand that today you would write a poem or tomorrow you would paint.I sometimes paint or draw a sketch when I am happy or vice versa.Many times I don’t create anything for days.So there is no set routine, it depends on the arrival.
I don’t believe in superstitions but some people do and associate their work to them which I think is wrong.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
You know, a person always takes time out for anything he loves be it singing,sports, excursions or writing. We make an excuse of the lack of time for something we’re not interested in. Similarly, because I love to write, whenever I have an idea or a line for a topic, I instantly jot it down in my journal or my cellphone even if I am busy so that I do not forget. Once I get time, I expand it.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
The very first tip is believing in themselves. When you create something feel happy about it and be confident to share it with the world. If you don’t show your work, people cannot read or critique it. Don’t let it lie wasted in your cabinet. Remember, criticism is also a ladder to success. Moreover, do not procrastinate. If you have a thought, work on it and make it happen. One cannot be creative if one doesn’t create and for that you need sensitivity that impels you to create anything.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
Creativity is a vast and unlimited work and there are superb people out there. I just want to be mentioned as one of the creatives in few fields because I am still learning everyday. I am just an amateur sketcher and a painter. As far as poetry is concerned, I think I have made my name and I am happily contented.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Naushena’s passion to express her feelings and emotions through poetry grew with her. Her work covers a wide range of topics from the themes of society in general to human experiences. She has been published in Five Poetry vol 10, The Black Lion Journal, Antarctica Journal, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review 8- West Press, Mad Swirl, Boston Literary Magazine, Mamalode, Mothers Always Write, EXPOUND , Digging Through the Fat and Lummox Journal.
You Can Find More Of Naushena’s Work Here
Read Naushena’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Life” — p. 21
“I Finally Killed…” — p. 108