Author Rosalyn Alexandra has longstanding interest in poetry and narrative writing. An amazing published author with a unique writing style that provides a reading experience unlike any other. We had a rare opportunity to understand her motivations, goals and passion through this exclusive interview
Q. What characteristics does a writer need?
A writer needs to be creative with their craft and should strive to draw ideas from their everyday experiences without being broad and impersonal. They also need to be productive, adaptive, and open to criticism. It’s important to be flexible. Not everyone is going to like what you have to say, so it’s important to have a thick skin. A writer also has to be patient and determined. It’s easy to be discouraged, but in this line of work, you have to push through, or you are not going to get the outcome you’re looking for.
Q. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration when writing?
I draw inspiration from everyday life. I find myself looking at situations and coming up with different scenarios of how something could have played out. I often write from the imagination. I create characters and challenge myself to see life through different eyes. If it’s a more personal piece, I write from the perspective of someone close to me. Sometimes, my family and loved ones are going through a hard patch in life and don’t know how to articulate the emotions they are enduring. I let them rant to me, and I take their pain and try to spell out what they may be feeling quite literally. I do this so they can feel understood and not so alone anymore. When I’m in their situation and don’t know what’s going on in my life, I let my pen do the talking. When I’m done with a piece, I analyze it so I can understand what I’m going through. I then take that understanding to help me get out of that situation. When I write in my perspective, I like to freeze my memories so that I can remember them forever. I also take inspiration from everyday objects and nature. I find myself personifying these things to bring them to life. In a way, it humbles me to think something like a candle has a soul and feelings, and I can learn from it even if it’s not alive.
Q. What satisfaction does writing give you?
Writing helps me feel small, which is one of the best feelings in the world. I say this because when you write something personal one can often feel like they are the only one that feels whatever they write. We are alone in our heads, and we are the only ones that truly know what we are thinking. When I write, I’m being honest about what I believe and when I share my work I get messages saying “wow, I thought I was the only one that felt like that” or “you wrote what I was feeling.” It’s humbling when you realize you aren’t the only one that is going through something. There are a lot of people who go through similar situations as you, and when you share your thoughts, writing can bring people together. It’s satisfying being able to connect with people.
Q. What’s your inspiration for writing this type of genre? How does it differ from other styles?
In poetry, there are fewer rules and there’s more room to be creative. In poetry, I can write whatever I want however I want to. It doesn’t matter if I have punctuation or proper syntax. Of course, I still value these things, but freestyle is my favorite and if I don’t have to use it then why should I? I prefer being purposeful with my punctuation rather than doing it because it’s “socially acceptable.” A poem is like a snapshot. It’s a glimpse into what I’m feeling and thinking right at the moment. It can be as fleeting as a passing thought.
Q. What was the hardest scene to write?
I’m predominantly a poet and don’t write scenes, but if I were to pinpoint the hardest theme to write for me, it would be happiness. I can write poetry that focuses on longing, loss, heartache, anger, sadness, romance, hope, and other themes, but I always have trouble writing about happiness. Happiness is one of those feelings I find hard to capture with words. When I was younger, I used to write when I was troubled with negative emotions rather than positive ones. When I was happy, or content, I wouldn’t write because “I didn’t have a reason to,” but now I struggle to find the words to express when I’m enjoying life, but I am working on it!
Q. Do you take up researchers before writing a book? How long does your survey take?
Before I started writing “Vent,” I studied different poets such as Percy Bysshe Shelley, r.h. Sin, Courtney Peppernell, and Rupi Kaur. Reading and writing go hand in hand. When you read, you develop an opinion on whatever it is the author has written.That being said, and you can write about what you think, thus carrying on the “conversation.” When I read, I draw inspiration from others and explore different ideas and topics from my perspective. I love the views from the Romanticism era. My research took about two months.
Q. If you are not a writer now, what type of work would you engage yourself too?
I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was fifteen, and I became an author when I turned eighteen. If I weren’t a writer, I’d probably be pursuing something in the liberal arts field. I have a background in graphic design, art, photography, and videography. I am also a musician and write music on the side. If I weren’t pursuing the liberal arts at all, I would be attempting to be a detective/P.I./pop star by night like Detective Olivia Benson and Kim Possible.
Q. What belief do you have that affects your specific way of living? Do you ever question that belief and seek to educate yourself?
I always seem to see the good in everyone, and this affects a lot of my relationships and, ultimately, puts me in the position to write sad poetry. I do find myself questioning why I don’t approach people more timidly than with open arms. It’s my internal optimism that sets people up to not live up to these “standards,” which makes me sad.
Q. Would you trade your particular opinion in exchange for being a better writer?
No, because if it weren’t for this way of thinking I wouldn’t write the way I do. If it weren’t for this characteristic and belief, I actually wouldn’t have started writing. Even though at times I can be naive and it feels like a curse, my writing reminds me that it’s all so temporary. I can always improve my writing abilities, but not at the cost of my morals. One must have integrity, or there’s genuinely no point in writing because your words wouldn’t mean anything.
Rosalyn Alexandra, a senior in high school, an artist, and aspiring author/poet takes inspiration from the world around her. She likes to write through the eyes of characters and people in her everyday life. She is a storyteller and strives to reach people through poetry, stories, and songs. During her Sophomore year in high school, she started to become more of an avid writer using her social conflicts and home life as fuel to her hand. It allowed her to sort through her emotions and thoughts and find her true voice. She writes in hopes to encourage and inspire others to not be afraid, to be honest with yourself and others. Now eighteen, she is getting ready to explore the new realm of “adulthood” and plans to write and publish more along the way. You can reach her on Instagram @rosiearuiz