What is the hardest part in writing?
The memories that flood back some nights, or mornings, or afternoon that cause you to feel the need to write are the hardest. I think that everyone is a poet at one point or another. Some stay poets, while others move on to a different type of writing that suits them and their feelings and thoughts better. When you, or anyone really, is writing, there is some sort of reasoning behind it. I think coming to terms with the reasoning and the ideas behind one's writing is the hardest part of it all.
Do you think that saying the things out loud would change things for the better? Have you tried to?
Speaking truthfully and openly has always been hard for me. I'm not some shy purple haired girl who sits in the corner of a classroom, though. I'm very verbally active in school and in life and I know how to communicate in a positive way when I need to. However, speaking about what causes my writing to be the way it is has never been very positive for me. I think that speaking out loud about everything; and saying them our loud could change my life in a very big way. I am not sure if that change would be positive, or negative though, I'm working on finding out. I don't think a human being should every be fully exposed- However, some people do not feel exposed when every part of their being is shown, and others feel exposed when hardly any of their being is shown. It's all subjective.
When you write, do you have someone in particular you'd like to be reading?
Not necessarily. Some of my writings, like "Ignorance to pain behind words," were written after someone said something specific to me. However, others are me trying to come to terms with specific situations. I write for myself. I would be writing even if no one were there to read what I produce. I am very lucky however, that people like what I write.
Has writing helped you express yourself better through talking?
Definitely. I think that writing gives me a general security in the way I speak. My writing is very similar to my way of verbal communication, and being able to express my thoughts on paper before letting them progress any further has helped me filter my words when speaking; as well as not filter my words and ideas when speaking.
do you feel that by writing your mixed feelings start to make sense, or the opposite?
When I begin to write about something; It doesn't make any sense to me. I'm freaking out, or I'm upset, or I'm pissed off, or I'm happy- or sad. Often, I write for the purpose of figuring things out. When I finish a poem, I look back at it and I understand why I began to write it.
And sometimes, it doesn't make sense, but at least then I have a new piece to work on.
The age of fourteen is specifically a very young age to start a project like this, how did the people around you react towards that? How have they reacted now?
I didn't mean for it to become what it has. I started the file out as an e-book, so my followers could have a cheap way to get many of my poems together. However, it became much more than that. When working on it, I didn't inform anyone who I knew in person about it. I had two of my friends who I met through the internet helping me out with motivation to do it, though. One of which drew the art for the cover, Tiffany Tremaine. Now, my family and some of their friends are aware of it. I think it's still a shock to them that I was able to do this all mostly on my own. They're proud though, and happy for me.
What books - if any - made you realize you wanted to write?
I don't think any books made me realize I wanted to write, but a lot of books have influenced my choices since I began writing.
My favorite books are probably: The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt), He's Gone (Deb Caletti), The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), The Catcher In the Rye (J.D. Sallinger), and Girl, Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen).
These books have largely influenced my mindset and ideas, which is a huge part of my writing. Without having read these, I think my writing would be very different than it is today.
What's your first thought when you wake up?
It varies. Could be about school, homework I haven't done yet, a deadline I have to meet, or about how beautiful the sun looks shining through my window. I honestly think about my succulents very often though, (succulents are plants).
How do you handle bad critics from your book and what do you do to fix the way you feel towards them?
The only bad critics I have gotten in a direct manner (meaning I have seen what they said about my book), are ones saying "She's so young, she couldn't have possibly experienced enough to write about all of what her book touches on."
I don't necessarily think these are bad critics, they're just bored people. In terms of a response tactic, I don't really respond. And if I do, I mention that 1) You don't have to go through everything in order to write about it, and 2) Maturity and experience doesn't always come with age.
Any tips for young writers? Any tips for writers that are stuck on continuing to write?
The best tip for anyone wanting to pursue any trade is to make sure you love it, and are doing it for yourself. If I was writing for other people, then my writing wouldn't be real, or very appealing. For writers that are stuck: I understand. I get writer's block so often. However, I carry a notebook around with me and have a pen handy, so if I hear a quote I love, or overhear something from a conversation I find interesting, or suddenly get an idea, I can write it down.
The title of a book can be one of the most important things in publishing.. Who came up with the idea 'All the Things I Never Said', are you happy with the results its given?
I came up with the title myself. Essentially, the book is a compliance of poems representing things I did not say out loud, that sometimes I wish I had. I think that the title makes the book seem more relatable and interesting, and I love the result it's helped achieve.
What's the best compliment you've gotten from your book?
People telling me it changed the way they think about life. Or about mental illness. Or self harm, or relationships, or anything really. Just the idea that I can influence someone's idea through print on paper is incredible to me, and it continues to be every single day.
Magazines or Newspapers?
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee in the morning to stay awake, and Tea at night! I can't choose!