Welcome back to the Write Styles where on this motivational Monday, an Internationally Published Poet Shares his Writing Experience with us! Welcome to the Write Styles, Warren.
Dear poets, don’t forget to check out our previous article with the amazing poet Lorraine Candy who shares Poetry in Motion with the Write Styles 🙂
Internationally Published Poet Shares his Writing Experience
TWS: Warren, at the age of 15, you had already written over 300 poems. Do you recall how old you were when you wrote your first poem?
Warren: I must apologize for the confusion; I actually began writing at the age of 15 and have completed over 300 poems to date. I do not have as much time lately, but I make it a point to write at least one new piece every week, so I never have to encounter the dreaded ‘writers block’
TWS: Poetry is art. Leonardo Da Vinci stated that art is never finished, but abandoned. How would you relate to his statement?
Warren: As human beings, we are driven by our emotions, and that is what art is essentially. It is the expression of emotion whether it be love, passion, regret, hope in either of the forms; painting, writing, sculpting. Since emotion is at the core of who we are, theoretically speaking the artist could continue to produce artworks for a lifetime, but it is ultimately the choice of the individual to continue or not. This is probably the issue that Da Vinci was referring to.
TWS: In one of your articles, you shared your opinion on how kids are killing English through social media. How do you feel about the latest slangs and trendy words?
Warren: A greater divide is being created between young and old due to the continued use of slang and ‘trendy’ words. Even a professional platform such as LinkedIn has not been spared from the onslaught of slang, abbreviations, and ‘hip’ words and phrases that have been picked up from music videos, movies, and other social networking sites. In my opinion, the situation is getting worse, which really makes me wonder how the youth will be able to excel in life if they are unable to communicate with those who are supposed to mentor, teach, and hire them.
TWS: Recently, it is accepted to converse with someone who verbalizes the acronym, “LOL!” I even witness misuse of acronyms in writing-job applications. In my opinion, this is a reflection of how trending words are impacting our societies in general. However, it also indicates how society is evolving with writing. Could you share how writing has shaped you, personally?
Warren: Writing has shown me a world that I never imagined could exist and opened doors that I never knew were closed in the first place. It has taught me how to focus on one thing at a time and more importantly, how to finish what I have started. Unfortunately, though, writing has not given me a love for reading; I have read a grand total of two and a half (still trying to get through Enders Game) novels in the past seven odd years.
TWS: Warren, you write short stories, articles and essays. You also have your poetry published internationally. Which of your published work is your favorite writing experience?
Warren: I have two; my first time being published back in 2016 in an international publication called the IFLAC Anti-Terror and Peace anthology, which led to an interview on Lotus FM and an article on my achievement being printed in a local newspaper. The second would be collaborating with Leroy Chatfield, an American author, on a piece for his publication which was released earlier this year (Syndic no. 9 literary journal) It was the first time that someone who I have never worked with before had shown such a keen interest in my work.
TWS: Your work is known to mirror your honest opinion. How do you deal with the critics?
Warren: Most of my readers actually agree with and can relate to my views on a particular subject because I write from my own experiences which include a good upbringing. In regard to those that have a negative view of my writing or have different opinions, I hold no resentment since everyone is entitled to their own opinion, as am I.
TWS: I recently read that you enjoy writing and researching topics in science and history. Have you been drawn to researching these subjects since age 15?
Warren: Yes, and no. History and science as subjects in school were extremely fascinating, but it was only after I had completed my high school career, did I then begin to research on my own, which has greatly influenced my writing and outlook on life in general.
TWS: Considering your interest in history, who is your most influential poet of all times?
Warren: Poetry can be conveyed in many forms; Shakespeare and Wordsworth used the written style, Maya Angelou conveys her beautiful messages verbally, while Hip-Hop artists use a musical/lyrical style. Therefore, for me the most influential poet has to be Marshal Mathers AKA Eminem, who has and continues to inspire me to better myself in every project I complete, through his music.
TWS: Lastly, what advice and insight would you like to share with other aspiring poets?
Warren: You make the rules. As long as you have breath in your body it is your duty to fight for your place among legends. Excuses will get you nowhere fast; find a way even if everyone tells you that there is none, work hard by writing every single day even if you are only writing for yourself, and never ever give up. Fail today to succeed tomorrow.
TWS: Thank you for your time and this wonderful opportunity.