The Thought Catalog Writer You Grew Up With Is Here To Change The Way You Think About Poetry

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Like most people, I first met Brianna Wiest on the net. Her writing about self love connected with me as a man who always tried to do.

After we met in person I saw where it all came from. The kind of happiness that floatss pores can produce a prolific catalog of inspirational posts which… cause you to feel motivated. It’s no wonder she’s among the most read (and well-known) writers in Thought Catalog history. Her book, , is among the publisher’s novels.

Currently Brianna’s debut poetry collection, , is going to be published. I asked her some questions about the way she got here, and we could expect from her novel.

What’s your oldest writing memory?

I tried towrite novels” in school. Once, I wrote a four page story and typed it up and brought it to my 6th grade language arts teacher who advised me that her son was also an aspiring author and may line a wall with his rejection letters… that I’m pretty sure that meant it wasn’t very good. It was based from Laurie Halse Anderson’s ’ ‘ Fever and the most important charactername was Genevieve. I always wrote in journals, and has been always making up stories. However, I loved to read for fun.

What made you want to be a writer?

The concept never disillusioned me that being a writer has been glamorous. What made me want to be a writer was becoming a writer. I don’t believe I wanted to do it because I thought being a writer wouldn ’ t be a viable livelihood choice before I started. However, it turned out to be, and that I found that I liked it and, over time, that other people liked having me write to them. It’s taught me the difference between enjoying something’s work and enjoying the elevator speech, and just how important it’s to build a lifetime in.

You have thousands of essays on idea catalog, and a group of essays out today, what made you need to do poetry?

I just wanted to try something fresh, and I had been having fun doing it. I didn’t believe that I’d be able to do lots of the writing I do now, so why don’t you see if I could do something else? That was kind of my mindset at the moment. I began sharing some poems and people responded which has been encouraging. It was totally a passion project, and also the simple fact that I didn’t (and don’t) need to pivot to ensure it is the focus of my career really changed which publishers were considering it. I’m glad it ended up where it did.

Describe your poetry style in 5 words.

Concise. Clear. Meaningful. Soothing. Unstructured.

Who are some of your favorite poets?

One of my best buddies, Chrissy Stockton. Her work bridges regular and the abstract in a way that I believe poets could only dream of. I love C. Joybell C., especially “A Mouthful of Forevers,” I have an Emily Dickinson poem written down somewhere, the one about dwelling in chance, and that I also adore Mary Oliver. She’s about not thinking she is a writer without the pure world, and that for her, the “ woods would be the door to the temple one. This’s a popular, also.

Where did the name of your book, Salt Water, come from?

It came from one of the poems, which is about the way when I had cuts and scratches, my mom was able to put my legs in sea water, and she told me that salt water heals.

What’s a mistake you made early on in your author career which you’d need other people to understand from?

Overthinking it! Ascribing much significance . Until you start composing waiting to “ feel motivated ”. You have to relinquish the ego from it, which is really hard if you’re just putting your thoughts and ideas out on the line everyday, but you are seriously hindering your creative potential if you don’t. Most of the time, people aren’t considering you as far as you possibly imagine. The majority of the time are your own projections. Other people ’ s voices won ’ t be so severe, once you feel a bit more secure in what you can do. Don ’ t stop and you just have to get started.

How do you stay motivated through more writing projects (such as books!) ?

Doing it piecemeal. Making sure that I know just what I wish to say and I need to say it. It ’ s effortless once I’m clear on what I ’ m performing. If I’m not clear on what the chapter is about or what the point of the book is, I will get stuck. I have learned that feeling “stuck” is typically a signal that I’m not in alignment yet, I’m not focused yet. I have to get there first.

What books/websites/twitter accounts/etc help you hone your craft?

I’m not certain that it’s any one website or book specifically, but just following people who always tweet and article new writing and links to other people’s operate… essentially, making certain my social feeds are providing me information which makes me believe. People today advocate for disconnecting from media that is societal and I concur that dumb scrolling is a massive waste of time, however, you can use it to your advantage. Hunt around for people who make you believe or believe something, and follow along as many of these as possible.

What do you hope people take away from Salt Water?

I hope they enjoy it! I hope that it makes them feel known, or in ease. I hope it will help them look at something in a way they hadn’t before. At the very least, I hope they like it enough to keep it all around, and turn the pages through every once in a while. What else can you expect for?

It is possible to pre-order here.

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