Student Writers on Writing
Looking for some writing motivation? See what winners from Scholastic's Art & Writing Awards have to say about writing habits, ideas, and inspiration.
What inspires me to write more than anything else is reading good literature.
When I read something that is absolutely fabulous, I am challenged to
respond to that. Nothing encourages me to create like being excited
by someone else’s work.
I will always write poetry, probably at 2 a.m. while eating microwave
popcorn and mumbling to myself in order to count syllables. Poetry will
always be something I do for its own sake.
My cultural background inspires me to write. I want to break the boundary
that says, “Asians are very orthodox.” My writing longs
to be unique and a bit odd.
Perhaps the ideas I present are not mind-blowing or innovative, but
they are true to my heart. They are things that I have come to learn
about others and myself.
I want to contribute to the great literary tradition and, thereby,
to the immutable yearning of humanity for words and the definition of
experience. Writing is such a part of my fiber that I don’t expect
it to ever take a backseat in my life.
Los Angeles is the biggest inspiration to my writing and creative thinking.
There is so much to know about social status, stereotypes, and other
quirks native to L.A. that gives me a great deal to infuse into my stories.
Behind every place I encounter and every person I pass and meet, there
is some story, true or created, that deserves to be shared. My goal
is to try to weave together all that I know and have learned to create
something that’s worth reading.
If I weren’t always on my own case to write and to continually
edit, vivisect and reconstruct old works, I wouldn’t write as
much as I do now. If literature didn’t play a major role in my
life, I’d just be shiftless and unfocused.
Inspiration comes from absolutely everything when writing runs through
your very veins. A drop of rain hitting a leaf reminds me of a tear
trailing down a woman’s cheek; a car horn, of some great beast
calling in the night. Every grain of sand on the beach has a separate
story, and that is how I view the world around me.