I recently had the chance to ask Jennae Cecelia some questions, so I want to give a huge thank you to her! You can check out her website here, and make sure to purchase her first book as well!
First, can you introduce yourself and what you do?
My name is Jennae Cecelia and I am a writer! I currently am most passionate about poetry but I also dabble into short story writing occasionally. In April of 2016, I self-published my first poetry book titled, Bright Minds Empty Souls. It consists of over 200 poems about love, heartbreak, and coming of age. I also have a second poetry book that will be coming out October of 2016.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I have journaled since late middle school into early high school. Often times, I was finding myself writing more in a poetic form than journal format. However, I didn’t start taking poetry seriously until about two years ago when I started reading poetry online, and thought, “hey, that is exactly what I want to do.” From then on, I pieced together and created all the poems in my first book. Now writing poetry isn’t just a hobby for me, it’s my passion and career.
Where do you get inspiration for your poetry?
Most of my inspiration comes from real life experiences of my own. Whether it is something heavy on my heart, or humorous, I write it down. I also would get a lot of ideas for poems from stories I would hear friends tell me, or simply from my imagination. There seems to be this stigma around poetry that if it is from the author’s own experience, it may not be understood by the audience.
However, I find we all have so many stories to tell and I like that I can piece words together or people who might not be able to themselves.
For instance, I wrote a poem a few months back about my grandma dying. Instantly, I got a message on Instagram from a girl telling me that poem truly helped with her move from one state of her life to another. Although she herself wasn’t dying, this girl who wrote me felt an instant connection with my words. I loved that! I loved, the fact that she was able to relate to something so personal to me but in her own way.
How often do you write?
There was a line in a book I read recently called, A Writer’s Book of Days that says, “Nulla dies sine linea” which means, “never a day without a line.” I strongly live by this quote. Even before reading it, that is exactly how I feel. If you are a writer, or want to be better at writing, don’t ever go a day without writing at least a line. One line is often my best beginning. Most of my poems start from one line I typed in my phone and then went back on later to expand that thought.
What tips do you have for young writers trying to get their work out?
My best advice for young writers is to work extremely hard. Getting your work out there is not a simple process. I wish I could say that it is but, it takes effort. I would advise going the self-publishing route to start out because it allows you full control over what you are producing but, you also are able to reach a very large audience if you put it on websites like, Amazon. Mostly, just believe in yourself and know if you truly want to pursue writing than do it, but do it with 100% of all your effort.
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