When did you first start writing?
I think I was always an imaginative child – I remember making a whole extended-family drama out of my toys way before the Kardashians were a thing! I remember writing stories and poems at primary school and I even got an award from the headteacher for one of my poems which was called ‘Misery’. I think I properly started writing when became a teenager though, and always looked forward to the writing tasks at school.
What made you choose to study Creative Writing at University?
I literally had no idea what I wanted to study at university until a few months before applying. Media had always been my favourite subject at school, so I knew I wanted to take that further, but a naive 18-year-old me thought journalism was the only route for wannabe writers and media students. I contemplated studying English, but knew that wasn’t my ideal path. I knew choosing creative writing wasn’t the conventional subject path like that of my physics and engineering friends, but it was my passion. I only applied for one creative writing degree (combined with Media) among my three applications, but it was only at that university that I could see myself actually studying and enjoying it. I took the plunge and don’t regret it at all.
What’s one thing you will always take from your studies into your writing?
Show not tell. I feel it has really pushed me as a writer to encapsulate feelings and happenings in new, imaginative ways. I also read so many books that it affirmed to me there’s no one way to write, which I found really exciting.
What is your favourite genre to write in?
I love writing realism, and bringing to life what happens behind closed doors, and the things that can happen to all or any of us. That being said, I also love dystopia and looking into the future to comment on who we are right now. I also really enjoy writing poetry and have loads of poems saved in the notes on my phone! Poetry is definitely not my forte, but I want to read more and get better at it.
What book has had an impact on you and your writing?
Reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was not only such an incredible reading experience but inspired me to make the seemingly mundane extraordinary. I also read A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan while at uni, which is such a masterpiece and unlike anything I’d read before – it showed me the sky is the limit and inspired me to delve into multiple narrators in my fiction.
How and when did you come up with Forever Endeavour?
My boyfriend and co-founder Luke came up with the name ‘Forever Endeavour’ about two years ago while at university. We discussed creating a magazine, and after struggling to figure out how to nail down all our ideas, we eventually came around to making a creative writing online magazine to support and showcase our fellow creators. We had no idea that seven months after the launch, we would have connected with so many brilliant creators and started building this wonderful community.
What advice do you have for people wanting to start writing?
For any longer fiction, get your ideas out on paper before you start writing. Physically see your ideas in front of you and build your world and narrative to help build your excitement about it. If you don’t know where to start at all, free write with a prompt (we have loads here!) and see where your imagination takes you. When you start writing, be unapologetic and just go for it, because your first draft will not be your final draft. Think how to bring people into your story and show them what it would be like to be there (What sounds can you hear? What smells fill the air?). But above anything else, just start! There will never be a right or better time!
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