Who is your favorite writer, as far as writing style goes?
My favorite writer, although he has only written a few books, is probably Stephen Chbosky. I don't know if it is because I found him at a time in my life when I needed to read a book like the one he gave us, but he has had such a profound impact on who I am. His book, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," helped me at a very low time in my life. The way he wrote, made me believe that there was so much more out there for me. I suppose that is why I choose him. His writing makes you feel things, so well. I suppose that is why he does what he does.
If you had to choose just one, who is an inspiration to you in the world of literature?
This question is one of the most difficult things to answer. I will stay steady with my usual answer though. J.K. Rowling is an absolute inspiration. People will argue she is not the greatest writer of all time. I will not make that argument. When it comes to the author of "Harry Potter," you must put into consideration, so many different factors of who she is. She isn't an inspiration only because of her books. She is an inspiration because she uses her voice to open new doors for people from so many different walks of life. She has given so many different people a platform to stand on. I find her inspirational because I have hopes to one day help at least one person, the way she has helped millions.
Why do we have such a hard time communicating with those around us?
In my time studying communications, I have come to realize how little a lot of people truly know about communicating with others. I was once included in this. It comes from the fact that everyone is raised differently. We are raised with different beliefs, different values. Pretty much anything can be different. When we decide to communicate with someone else, we are putting ourselves out there. However, we find ourselves getting nervous. Which is fine, when you understand how to handle it. Communicating with those around us should not be difficult. I am sure we have all been in that awkward situation where we are unable to even speak because the situation has become so unbearable that everyone is just willing to stay silent, rather than speak out. If we all just took a moment and decided to put ourselves out there, the world would be mighty different. This problem with communicating will always be an ongoing issue. It makes us human. There are ways to get better with it though. Start by sparking a conversation, or by writing to someone. Any little thing can and will help. It starts with the willingness to speak. To allow yourself to be heard.