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I Love... - Erin Diaz

September 4, 2015

How long have you been doing this?

I have been writing creatively since I was about seven. I actually wrote a full-length book from ages seven to eight (I didn’t publish it so don’t Google me).

What initially interested you in trying this? 

I was interested in writing because I love to read. I learned to read at a very young age, and my love for books made me want to write one myself.

How does this activity make you feel (the process, the accomplishment)?

Writing makes me feel like I’m at home wherever I am. I take a notebook and pen everywhere I go, and if I forget it then I write in the notes on my phone. You would probably be amused at the lengthy thoughts that I have written down on random scraps of paper. When I finish writing, I feel relief, almost as though I’ve purged my mind of all of its thoughts for a little while.

How has this activity stretched, grown, or challenged you? 

My love for reading and writing made it an easy choice to declare English as my major at Liberty. Throughout my time in my undergrad, I was stretched a lot with my writing because I was suddenly surrounded by professional, published writers, and I found myself feeling a lot smaller. Yet, these writers helped me so much with my writing, so I have been challenged but I have also exercised my skill more than I ever thought I would.

Fill in the blank - “My favorite/best achievement doing this is _______.”

You can’t really call it an achievement, but my favorite part of writing is my personal blog. It is my outlet for my sometimes crazy thoughts, usually about people and life and Jesus. My favorite part about it is that it is my way of showing Jesus to people who do not know Him. I am not the type of person to strike up a conversation with someone about Jesus, but writing is the way that I show my love for Him. Family members who do not have a relationship with Him have told me that they see Him in my writing, and that is the greatest reward and the most important purpose as to why I write.

Where do you like doing this activity? 

As I said before, sometimes I will have a thought and I just have to write it out, so I sort of write all over the place. But if I’m in a creative drought, I like to go to the Muse. It’s just my place.

What is the community aspect of this activity? How does it involve family or friends? 

I want the way that I write to create community all over the Internet. I want people to read what I write and feel like they relate to it. Also, I am sort of obsessed with my family and friends, so I am always writing about them. They are my usual inspiration for posts.

Define success for you - what does it look like? 

Success is a word that is usually associated with some sort of monetary value or possibly even an achievement, but to me, that definition of success couldn’t be more far off. Success is the love and support I have from my family in my writing. Maybe I’ll never be published or the author of some awesome novel that turns into a movie, but I know that my family reads my writing and supports it, and that is all I could ever ask for.

Who or what in this area inspires you? 

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ability to transfer long-winded thoughts into beautiful sentences is inspiring for me, and he is my favorite author out of everyone’s works that I’ve read. Other inspirations are King David for his transparency, Kate Chopin for her allusions, and Karen Prior because she is an amazing author, my professor, and my mentor as I write.