Everything I write, draw, or create is an experience I have had. It's how I process what has happened, who was present, and what it means to me or the people around me. It's how I work to understand the world and how I fit into it.
"Read the publication; read the guidelines; let your work rest a few weeks before you send it out, then review it, edit, and proof, proof, proof. Keep track of your submissions (where, when, response, etc.); expect rejection and celebrate acceptance; don’t invest too much in your submissions: the next poem you write will be better and you’ll wish you’d waited instead of sending out that other one. If a piece of writing is rejected a number of times, revisit it to see whether it needs editing; it’s possible you just haven’t found the right publication yet."
"Honestly, I think a lot of first time published authors are under appreciated. I feel like people have tendency to look for the big names in literary magazines and forget to stop and read some newer authors’ work. The big names are big for a reason but the newbies deserve the recognition too."
"Sometimes it’s very clear to me that making progress in one genre, through reading and writing, spills over into another. For example, reading poetry has improved my descriptions in fiction. Writing poetry has helped me be more concise in my prose."
"Spontaneity and emotional truth. It means doing justice to the moment by expressing my experience of it. Doing justice to the moment in that sense is equivalent to reflecting my existence, in response to the effect existence has on me."
"I most definitely cross genres. I’m a musician as well, so methods in that vein will be applied to my poetry. But, I also take a lot of techniques from film and apply them to what I do."
"My writing is me—I personally don’t see a conceivable way to separate the two, not while still creating something genuine and authentic. Even if the subject matter is quite fantastical, there’s still that element of you which brought it to life."
"Keep at your craft as a labor of love first of all. Secondly, consider exposing your art to multiple curators or teachers or editors because though it might not resonate with everyone, it will sync or speak to those who it is meant to speak to."
"An old teacher of mine used to say that everybody had at least one good story in them. What he didn’t say was that many writers start but never finish. You have to be passionate and obsessive to write, but it also helps to be stubborn. Keeping at it, sticking with it no matter what."
"I'm not sure if I'm too lazy to make things up or too fascinated by reality. Most of my creative work is personal. As Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed once tweeted, "I like to ruin my life for content." People (read: my mother) say I should just write fiction. Sometimes I say: Maybe I do. Other times I say: Listen. Look around. Isn't this shit too good to ignore?"