We asked three questions of several writers from all walks of life: What do you love about being a writer? What is one of your favorite things you’ve created and why? […]
We asked three questions of several writers from all walks of life: What do you love about being a writer? What is one of your favorite things you’ve created and why? What is something you wished more readers took into consideration about writing? Here is what they had to say.
Read Part 1 here.
I fall in and out of love with writing rather a lot, but the one thing that always reminds me why I love writing is the ability to give a voice to something I am extremely passionate about or believe in.
I don’t rely on my writing to live, as I am a graphic designer first and foremost, so the moment I realized that I was incredibly lucky to have the freedom to choose what I wanted to write about changed my perspective on what I do, and changed the way I write.
Choosing the greatest highlight of my writing ‘career’ is incredibly hard. I’ve written a really intelligent article about drug scandals in South Korea, impassioned articles about attitudes to mental health, I even met the punk fashion designer Bajowoo for an informal interview and got an insight into his YORTSED line before it dropped — but one specific article I will always be proud of is my interview with MFBTY for UnitedKpop.
Understandably, a lot of interviews with international artists have to be done by email and this one was no different. I researched my questions thoroughly, making sure not to ask them anything repetitive or boring, and I chose to avoid asking them why they left Jungle, something they were being asked a lot and had chosen not to answer. Instead, I asked them about their (then) new label Feel Ghood and how it felt for them to be in complete creative control of their music and future.
The interview went fairly viral amongst MFBTY and K-pop fans because while talking about their new freedom they revealed their reasons for leaving Jungle. The interview as a whole still remains one of the best interviews I have done due to their honesty, passion, and friendship — it grew my respect for the trio immensely.
As I was growing up I built this odd little group of inspirations — each and every one of them ‘weird’. I was drawn to these people because they had a different view on the world and on art, and despite being completely out of the box they had an audience. These inspirations molded me as a designer and artist, and in turn as a writer because I learned that everything has an audience.
I wish more people took into consideration that every piece of writing is valid — you choose whether you interact with that positively or negatively. Life is much more interesting if you choose to consider and learn than dismiss and attack. Just because you are not the intended audience of a piece of written work, does not diminish the validity of a piece.
Of course, this does not mean something cannot be factually/legally/morally/ethically/etc wrong, but the free world allows us an opinion at least, and that should be considered before we react.