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Writing Interview: 11 Questions  with Creative Mazel J

Writing Interview: 11 Questions  with Creative Mazel J

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Hey, I am Yugmee Gidiya, a high-school student, and a writer beaming with eloquent ideas which I prefer to put down in words. Being an ardent reader, I am on a mission to impart values in the world and change the perspectives, while being an active participant in school- magazines. 

I savour a goal-oriented life, while still hanging out with friends and enjoying it to the fullest! It’s my vision to bring out the true-self within individuals. 

Today I am in conversation with a professional writer, Mazel J! 

Mazel, commonly known as Mazel J, is an Honors Graduate in International Business but has been walking the path of a writer under the pen name ‘mazelogue’

She is an avid reader and you’ll find her weaving her thoughts onto paper at any given chance. She is an advocate of mental health and claims that writing has always found and saved her whenever she’s been stuck deep in a ditch. 

Writing Interview with Mazel J 

Hey Mazel how are you doing? 
Hey Yugme, I am good, thanks for having me! 

Have you always wanted to be a writer? (And was there a particular moment you thought, ‘I can do this!’?) 
If I was asked this question back in Grade 12, I’d laugh and call it a silly prospect, and then move on to show you the crazy, one-liner quotes I’d written at the back of my class registers. I never thought that writing is something I’d be known for. 

I’ve excelled as a Business student and in every business-related aspect, but to actually digest the idea of being called a ‘writer’ or a ‘poet’, is something that still surprises me. 
 
I started writing only as a means of a pass time – something I’d come home to after a long day at work to unwind, but the moment I started receiving messages of appreciation and once I found my page growing, based solely on the words I put out, that was when I knew I was too deep into it to call it a pass time, and since then it has only been a journey of growth, learning and a lot of introspection. 

Talk to us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you? 
Umm, okay this might be a little tricky to explain. So, I don’t assign a particular time or day to focus on my write ups. There are two ways I go about it.  
 
One is when I’m extremely overwhelmed and so end up venting it out in my notes. The second is when an idea, word or phrase sticks with me and I just write it down, and when I have the time or when I’m in the mood, I create a piece off of it. 
 
In both these ways, editing is extremely important. I go back and forth multiple times, editing and refining each word, each sentence till I’m entirely satisfied with it. 

How do you balance between writing and your personal life? 
At this point, anything and everything I write is influenced by my life. Now that does not mean everything I write is happening or has happened to me, but it definitely means it has sparked from my personal experiences. 
 
So without my personal interventions, there wouldn’t really be anything to push me to write. I can very well say that my personal life and writing go hand in hand, balancing each other in some way. 

What inspires you to write? 
The need to keep growing qualitatively, the journey, the learning experiences and most of all, the validation my work gives me is what inspires me to keep going. 

Knowing that my words are what people, some if not all, relate to; knowing that my words hold a voice that reaches others and enable them to amplify that voice in their own way – that motivates me. 

Who has been your favourite writer and what’s your favourite book? 
I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

As far as my favourite book is concerned, it will definitely be After by Anna Todd. I’ve read and re-read the whole series more than I can remember, and I turn into a bundle of mush every single time. The books are my prized possession! 

Which book has made you grow more as a person? 
All the self-help books. I do not want to name just one, because that would take away the credit from all the others, but every self-help book has helped me grow, understand and love myself more. 

Where do you get your ideas? 
This might sound really absurd, but ideas just come to me when I least expect them to. I could be reading a book, watching a show, listening to music, looking out the window – basically, I could be doing anything, and one thought can strike me and I’d know exactly what I’d want to write or what emotion I’d want to convey. 

I think because I am extremely aware of my thoughts and emotions, it is relatively easier for me to reflect that on paper. But if I have to suggest ways to seek ideas, I would only be to read, understand and observe more. 

For you, what makes a great story? 
Again, I have two answers to this. Anything that captivates my attention and imagination in the first few chapters itself is a great story. 

But anything that invokes a feeling or takes a piece of you, something that leaves you incomplete and longing even after the book is over, is the greatest story. 

What has been your best piece of writing advice? 
To write exactly what you feel. Don’t fake it. Don’t complicate it. Don’t do it just because everyone else is, and definitely don’t do it only for the fame and followers. 
You will never be happy with what you write unless you, yourself connect with what you’ve written. 

Any top tips you’d like to share with other writers starting out? 
When I first started out, I had zero ideas of what I was doing and I wish I’d had someone to tell me what I’m doing wrong or how could I have upped my game. The only way I grew was by making mistakes and learning from them. 

So if I have to give tips to anyone starting out, it would be to make mistakes. Make a lot of them till you’re frustrated and desperate enough to find ways to turn a new leaf. Never let your creativity die down just because one way isn’t working. Seek and experiment, always. It’s important to learn the trends, what works and what doesn’t. 

I mean, if you know your field, you can prepare well enough and hence can judge your game accordingly.I also believe that consistency is key. You have got to keep going at it again and again in order to succeed. 

You can’t let one setback get to you. You need to work for it. Nothing has come easy in life, and nothing ever will. 

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I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

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I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

I am an avid reader of poetry books and fiction as well. I love reading a lot. So I don’t particularly have a favourite writer, however, I’ve read works of Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Rupi Kaur, Ted Hughes, Lauren Eden, Sylvia Plath, and so on, and I think they’re extremely prominent in the literature. 

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