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.
About The Creative Process
What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
For me, creativity is the way to connect with the world. Many of my creative pieces, if not directly related to my experience, are shadows of my feelings expressed through words and art, or are narrations of experiences through the eyes of another character that I try to put in the shoes of people I know. Creative pieces hence let me bare myself of my emotions, while also helping me understand other people. When I find it difficult to relate with a person, from time to time I try to define a character and imagine living that person’s life. It is also a great way to find empathy and understanding for persons I perhaps would not want to relate with otherwise.
How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
For me, I cannot do the same thing for a prolonged period. Hence I shift between different types of activities. Say, I would read something academic intensely for a few days and then I would feel totally blocked. That’s when I would perhaps paint for a few days or write. In the end, I get a little bit of different things done.
How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
About Creative Moments & Inspiration
What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?
Yes. I actually do feel comfortable crossing genres. I often use of speculative elements together with literary narrations. I like to bring in the fantastic within the mundane just like one would let one’s imagination roam free while the person is indeed shackled within the prosaic world.
What/who inspires you the most?
Too many to mention here 🙂 Would rather not cite specific names and hurt others I might unintentionally leave out :).
Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)
Once again, too many names 🙂 However, there are many really great writers and artists these days who inspire and whose work I tremendously admire.
Tips For Others, Personal Goals
What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Don’t let the rejection letters stop you 🙂 Be yourself. Not everyone may like what you write, but if you keep doing what you are passionate about, you will find some one who will understand you 🙂
What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I would just like to keep doing what I enjoy doing. I am working on improving my technical skills as well. I write and paint because these make me happy. If I see any of my pieces picked up by some one, I feel inspired and encouraged. If my work eventually goes somewhere, that is an added bonus. However, I would rather not work with any specific venue on mind.
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Fariel Shafee has degrees in science, but enjoys writing and art. She has published poetry and prose in miller’s pond, The Literary Nest, Scryptic, decomP etc. She has also exhibited art internationally.