This is something a lot of people confront when their passion is also their career goal: you start thinking maybe you shouldn't have other interests, that maybe they have nothing to do with it, that you're not furthering yourself. Well, that's not true, not for any career. Varied people are more cool, and they do better with their work. And this is especially true for writers!
Writers need different experiences to write something more full. You can always apply the things you go through and the interests you cultivate to your work. Writing especially can be expansive this way.
So, how do my interests apply to writing? Let us see.
I've talked about this a bit. Psychology is a huge thing for me. I love researching all of this stuff, so I can understand myself and others. I'm both intro- and interspective. You wouldn't believe all the random facts I know and games I've played. This, of course, would naturally be something applicable to writing. You gotta understand your characters as much as you would any other person. So psychology helps me get in their heads and figure everything out. It's fun. It's fun to mess with characters.
Well, obviously, as this is my other major. But how does this apply to writing? Well, I've written a number of stories that involved music--mostly, lyrics. I like writing song lyrics into my novels, although honestly I'm not much of a songwriter. WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL is completely focused around a songwriter, so there's a lot of that involved. Not to mention, music inspires me a ton. It's very emotionally involved and supportive for me. I always listen to music when I write.
If I have to explain this... you weren't paying attention.
That pretty much covers it for me, along with reading fiction of all kinds, which really doesn't need explanation. You can't write good books unless you've read good books! The more you learn the greater your skill, and the happier a person you are. That is why I cannot, although sometimes I would like to, actually hide under a rock my whole life.
In life news, I'm home for Spring Break now, and actually quite glad. I'm at home with my family, and the cats, and free time! I might actually accomplish something this week! So. Come back next time for a post on archetypes, my favorite part of English class!
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I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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