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#StoriesThatMatter - Interview with Aura Rodríguez, Puerto Rico's writer

Her pupils get exalted, dancing, shining, while a pure smile paints her face, exactly as if she were watching her grandmother all over again in front of her, sitting in an armchair, with her chin resting on her hand, asking: "Aura, What are you going to tell me today? " And Aura, with that sweet and innocent 6 years old voice, began to tell a story that emerged from her small but great imagination.


This is how her story began. Aura's story, a Puerto Rico's independent writer and fiction author, who always knew she would become an artist. She carries it in her blood -she comes from a family of painters, singers, actors, etc, but more than anything she carries it in her heart. Especially the art of writing. The art and the need to remove from her mind her deepest thoughts, and then feel liberated. Because she writes for that, confesses, and to fulfill herself as a person.


Her grandmother, who already passed away, and her mother, always listened to her stories. This pushed her into writing in the middle of her adolescence, after creating several short stories and watching a few movies. At that moment, the question "what if ...?" changed everything. Even her. Because since that days nothing was the same. When she was 17, she began the journey to her first novel: Almas Del Destino, which now occupy the shelves of some bookstores in her country.


Over the years, she defined herself more as a writer,  discovered new genres, and realized that writers build stories, but the stories are the ones that end up building them. For Aura, she has matured with time and she is not the same person who wrote her old novels. For her, the most important thing at writing moment is to do it for oneself, without waiting for the approval of others, because if this desire comes from a very intimate need, the feeling of fulfillment at the end will be eternal. And that's exactly what she transmit openly to Inkspired:


1. When did you realize that you were passionate about writing?

Since adolescence, from the moment I started pressing keys without control to deposit all the stories I had in my head. I'm surrounded by art since I was born, in my family, there are singers, actors, musicians, painters, designers, so I always knew that art was in my veins.


2. Then you consider that writing is an art. What makes it like that?
The power to express your feelings in letters, so the reader can feel the same.


3. Did you read a lot or little in your childhood?

I read a lot, but I liked to tell stories to my family. When I was 6 years old, I told my grandmother a story about two brothers who went on a trip to the sea and then a storm appeared. I think I still keep the recording that she made of that story. I remember like it was yesterday.


4. And this story was complete from your imagination? Or from some memory?

Usually, it came from movies I watched, and then I asked myself: What would happen if ...? And just with this, she created a whole story of it.


5. So, you think that asking yourself that question could be the key to discover what to write about?

Yes, I think that to become a writer, that question is crucial, and also you need to be sensitive. One of my fantasy works, Calixta and the blue mirror, was inspired by Alice in Wonderland because I loved that movie and I started to think: What if this turns this way?


6. Since we got to this, tell us a little about your works, what books do you have?

I have several published books. Souls of Destiny, a juvenile vampiric novel. The pleasure of your dreams, erotic gender. Sin Mirarte, short erotic story. Calixta and the Blue mirror. The Stories of a Young Brunette, a small collection of micro-stories. When the Roses Die, a short fiction story. All of these are available on Amazon, and Almas del Destino is also in different bookstores in Puerto Rico. I have other completed works, but not yet on sale, and a science fiction novel that brings me crazy, and it includes robotics and computer science.


7. In what do you inspire yourself to write?

In everything, in life itself and what I see and feel. But I admit that music causes me a very high state of inspiration.


8. So, you could say, that when you write fiction, it is always based on a real-life experience? Some example?

Yes, or in something that I see. Or, for example, my first novel of the erotic genre was the product of a dream I had. I woke up and said: I have to write about this. At first, I was a little scared, because I had never dabbled in that genre or knew how to do it, but I think that a writer has to write for himself, not for someone else, and this genre called me, so now I have 3 books published. (smiles gently)

9. Do you think it is important to have a writing routine?

Yes, but not to the letter. Consistency leads to success, but not flexibility makes you lose moments.

And the moments are the ones that give you stories ...



10. What are your goals for your literary path?

I have fulfilled many and I feel accomplished in several aspects. At the moment I want to focus on publishing more works and launching them to the commercial market. If you ask me in the future, one of my goals is to have an editorial or a bookstore/cafe.

11. Have you ever had an idea about your stories in the least expected (or indicated) place? How was that experience?

Sure, it happens to me a lot. Sometimes it's a bit confusing or even uncomfortable because it happened to me while I'm in a school meeting. But sometimes it can be funny, I remember once when I wrote a list of the traits of a character in the food note. It was something like: "grated cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, tall, thin, brown eyes".


12. Ha ha ha. Do you think, then, that writers are people who think too much all the time?

Yes, I think we think a lot and that also generates the need to get it out of our mind and write it down.


13. What do you think of the famous "Writer's Block"?

It is complicated (laughs because this is an endless debate). Much is said about that, there are those who say there is no such blockade, but others say there is. I just know, for now, that sometimes you can stay "blank", but it depends on several factors, life's routine, friends, family, the social factor, the external one, etc. And it is in you to identify what happens and how to solve it.


14. And finally, what advice can you give to writers, especially those who have just begun the path of writing?

Be persistent and organized. Do not let external factors limit the creative process. Search and form your appropriate moment. If you spend it on social networks, if you live on them, you're wasting time and, even if it does not seem like it, it will negatively affect your creativity. Observe life, listen to what people say. Read a lot, read everything you like and do not feel sorry for it, regardless of the genre or what others say, if you like it, go ahead. And above all, write for yourself, even if it sounds somehow selfish. I have seen writers who start and get discouraged because they do not have votes, readings or comments as they expect, and this is wrong, I think. When you write for you, you do it because of a very intimate need, and the external becomes secondary, a plus. If you look at your stories as something you need to tell, you will feel fulfilled.





More info

Pseudonym: AuraLuna
Favorite book: "Persecuted throughout the city" by Mary Higgins Clark.
Preferred authors: Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda and Stephen King are the main authors, and it does not hurt me to say that J.K. Rowling also has influenced a lot in who I am, in my motivations
Genres: Erotic romance, fantasy, science fiction, juvenile drama and

mystery / suspense

Profesional career: Graphic designer, proofreader and self-publishing consultant.
Hobbies: Paint, videogames, draw, make music with programs on the PC, go for a walk, read.



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#EditorsInkspiration - Poetry is when you are

By: Jackie Vargas
Editor in Chief
Photo: Wall Street Journal

There is something in poetry that makes me lose myself to find me. That connects me with my deepest words. Words that give me unexpected hugs, but that welcome me as the main guest. Words or verses that catch me, fall in love with me, and at the same time give me an incongruous slap, that leaves me somehow inert. Poetry has everything to do with that and with nothing. In it, each word becomes an infinite ocean, where I find myself and my truth.


That is why in reality poetry is the poet, the poet, and his hidden art. And to become one you must feel it. Since I was a child I perceived that artistic connection with letters, because those who have gone through the same thing, know -for sure- that this born in your heart, but comes alive at the tip of your fingers. And there, at the same time, you feel -yes, you feel- that you are gathering parts of you that you didn't even know existed, because writing is that, discovering yourself, but writing poetry even more.


In school, I was one of those girls who lost herself and her attention in her million thoughts, and those eternal thoughts were only released on a piece of paper. I wrote anywhere, without any respect. Sometimes, even on a napkin. And when they sent us the beautiful task of writing a poem, I enjoyed it as a child tasting a chocolate cake.


That's why it is clear that there are things that define a poet:


► That art of finding the creative words to say what you do not dare loudly.

► That game to prove to which word rhymes best, or simply to don't write worse.

► But what also defines us is our mind: full of thoughts that run at 16km/h pace without hesitation. -What sometimes I do not know if it really is a good thing, but that is the beauty of the uncertain.

► We are also characterized by our sensitivity, that ability to feel everything much more than normal. Do not be surprised that in one moment a poet is sad, and in another is jumping into jokes.

► And also, and correct me if I'm wrong, we're the kind of people who feel delighted with phrases, who vibrate with quotes that touch our soul, or even more, that touch our past experiences.

► But do not be fooled, when they mocked you for being dramatic or sentimental. Because, mostly all the time, from the drama, stories get full of life.


To be honest, I do not know if the influence was from my mother if it was her genetics or her continuous recite. But what I know is that the poet is someone born to love and feel alive. <3



Inkspired also has poets voices. Voices and letters to recite. And if you do not believe me, you will see it in their own definition of poetry, which has a lot to praise and take in the count.


"Poetry is expressing in words what can not be expressed in words ... Like breathing in death."

Chris Becerra

@chris-becerra-piquinotti612


"Poetry is transforming tragedy into beauty and beauty into something sublime, it is evoking the most hidden instincts wrapped in an embrace of naturality."

Aura Rodríguez

@auraluna


"Poetry is ... living through senses".

Irv Trinidad

@irvtrinidad




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Writer, don't surrender


Photo: Nelly Hourton / Getty Images


When someone begins to write, he/she must consider certain things. We know that at the beginning it may seem like a difficult task, but that doesn't mean it is impossible. Our best advice is: Don't give up. Don't throw the towel, but don't do it for obligation, because practicing is what creates a good writer, but passion is what keeps it. Here we leave you some tips to have a better experience as a newly born writer.


1. Write daily.
Yes, we know it. Sometimes it is difficult to do it continuously, but having this discipline will give you good results. The idea is that you don't stop creating, it doesn't matter if you write phrases, something from your daily routine, or a simple word, the point is to write. To put into words what your mind is thinking. One day this will become a habit, and you would've gained a lot.


2. Do it with passion.
Do it if you really feel it, like it and/or drives you crazy. If you have this, the commitment will come alone. Your motivation should be because you love to write and not because you want to please or impress someone else.


3. Use your imagination.
Many times, when we seek to create a story that makes us sigh and fill the readers with intrigue, we do not know how to start and we complicate ourselves unnecessarily. One way to achieve that goal is to use our imagination, which is very useful and will fill you with various adventures. You can daydream, take nightmares or experiences that have happened to you as examples, and do not forget to write them down, so with time, you will have a list of themes to write about.


4. Have fun.
Keep in mind that if you like what you write you should be able to transmit that into your writings. If not, your readers will not see it in a good way and you can bore them. That is why you should have fun doing it and it will create favorable results.


5. Be clear.
When you start writing a story, you want it to be perfect, so you use words that sound great, but many times we make the mistake of using those that are a bit complicated and end up confusing the reader. However, the idea of writing is to use simple words that make everybody understand what you really mean. By doing this, you will grab the reader's attention. I'm not saying you can't use the words you want, but you have to be careful if you want someone to follow your story's theme.


6. Trust yourself.
This is the most important part, the power of self-confidence and perseverance to achieve your goal. Commitment, effort, and dedication will be your best tools. Writing can generate frustration, but it is a gift, and if you let it bloom, you will have it all.



Text:
Caholym Quijada
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Videos that make you grow as a writer




Fingers know that writing is not a mechanical action.
It is not easy, nor simple. It involves more than grammar, spelling and knowing how to tell a story. You need to inhale and exhale art, demonstrate creativity, revitalize words that seem, sometimes, forgotten. Writing is giving power to letters. And in order to give power to something you need to train it, like any sport. The best athletes have hard training sessions to get better, and, the best writers, should have the same.


The positive side is that we count with different tools that can serve us as our "coaches". If we do not have enough time or resources to have an official education, a teacher, editor or boss to guide us, today there are writers or literature teachers who make free tutorial videos on YouTube that are very useful at writing time. These videos, in general, cover everything you need to know in order for a story to be successful.


In addition, a video is usually more attractive, dynamic and easy to digest. Sometimes the visual contact with another person, whether through a screen, makes teaching more enjoyable. At the moment on YouTube, there are some interesting proposals in different languages.


For example:


In English, Platforms like Ted, have hundreds of writers and educators who offer lessons about how to write better. Nalo Hopkinson has an extremely detailed video about how to make a fiction novel to come alive. The drawings, the language used, the multimedia resources and the way to give you perfect examples and simple explanations, create an effective and different teaching. Cheri Steinkellner, on the other hand, explains how to write comedy.


Vivien Reis, an independent author of The Elysian Prophecy, also has a channel where she talks about different topics related to writing every Wednesday. These are very useful, since it touches important and creative topics, and generates closeness with the audience by watching her at all time in front of the camera.


On the other hand, in Spanish, we have Covadonga Literary Workshops, which is a writer's channel named Covadonga who is responsible for supporting you in writing a novel. She gives you tips, steps, and/or tutorials, and uses the text as support, but you can also follow her through the audio. On her website, she also offers special services for writers.


On the other hand, we have Enrique Páez with his online workshops. The Spanish writer, specialized in children's and young people's literature, offers us a wide range of videos that deal with different topics about how to tell a story, for example: how to write science fiction, how to create your first paragraph, how to write a horror story , the profile of a writer, among others.


Also, Inkspired has its Online Academy every Monday, which in addition to having its own channel on YouTube can also be followed on the same website and on Facebook. Each week, the journalist and writer Jackie explains a new topic related to fiction writing. The combination makes the audience feel that we can all write if we put ourselves into it.
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