A pencil and paper. I have problems with trying to write on a computer--I can do it if I absolutely have to, but there's something cathartic about the scratch of lead across paper that I just can't seem to give up. I have two huge binders and a dozen different notebooks filled with stuff I've written since the sixth grade; it's fun to be able to go back and read over what I wrote back then and compare it to what I'm writing today.
There is a girl that I know, that I wish I could just hand writing experience too. She's thirteen right now, and whenever she gives me something that she has written, I want to scream at how much talent I see hidden in writing infancy. I feel like she will have something worth saying, that she already does, she just needs to keep going. I want her to succeed so badly.
I also want to answer who has helped me most as a writer, because there are two people who I can not stop giving credit too. Two of my Teachers: Ryan Knighton and Anne Stone. Ryan was the first university level writing instructor I ever had, and he offended my sensitive writers mind. The critique was harsh where it needed to be (which for many of us at that point, was in many, many places), and for that I really can't thank him enough. He taught me how to take and give constructive critique, and not be offended every time someone doesn't agree with what I'm writing. He gave me access to an attitude that keeps me writing, even when I'm my own biggest critic.
Anne is a different kind of person. She is the mother of a few of my pieces, in that her encouragement is what keeps me thinking that they're a good idea. A wealth of knowledge on so many writing related problems, she has also given me some of the best critique and advice of any of my teachers.
I guess I'm supposed to share a piece? Have my second try at "All Riled Up" [link]
This is a piece by Judah-Leonardo, that I like a lot: [link]
I usually start writing in a notebook and clean-up/ finish on the laptop. I might have jumped straight to the laptop if not for the fact that I can't keep one open in class all the time. And I have this bad habit of giving my notebooks away
How do you envision your writing in the near-future? In a few years from now? Right now I'm pursuing an English major at the university I attend, and I want to become a published author sometime after I get out. So in the near-future as I attend school, I just hope to improve and learn more and more And when I get out? Hopefully I'll get the chance to publish
Haha yes that's true, it is hard - and time consuming but both practice and osmosis are good ways to get better at something I learned a lot from Christopher Paolini's books. He's an expert at description!