Ruth (real first name)
17 years old
Show us your workspace. Don’t clean it up first!
I don’t have a desk, sadly, or the space in our crowded four bedroom apartment to put one. So for now, it’s just me and my bed. Occasionally the dining room table gets a turn too.
Other than high school English class, how did you learn to write?
Anything I know of writing, I’ve learned from reading books. I don’t think there’s anything you can’t learn from books: they’re amazing. But Wattpad has also played a crucial role in everything I’ve learned and continue to learn. I love studying other writers, their styles, their mistakes, their successes. I’ve learned more in the past 2 years on there than I have anywhere else.
What is one of the best sentences or paragraphs you’ve ever written?
“They were each broken with a sorrow that marred their faces; a sorrow that curled once straight shoulders inwards, that made consolation and comfort only void and useless. Comfort was inadequate when you knew the truth: there was nothing that could be said- nothing that could be done- nothing that could change anything. At the end of this night, whether we wanted to or not, we would be torn apart yet again, each one of us forced to survive and exist on our own, separated from each other, and subjected to the mercy- or lack thereof- of ruthless strangers.”
What is your favorite sentence or paragraph from another author’s novel?
This is a really hard one. I’m torn between several from a crazy range of books… like The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, One Day by David Nicholls, The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone, A Tale of Two Cities… even that one passage from Jake’s book, The Accidental Siren, the one about ‘oh innocent reader,’ is clamoring for a place here! So I’m going for one that I read years ago and always stuck with me:
“In our nature, however, there is a provision, both marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.”
–The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Do you have pets? Show us!
I did. Three cats (one was the mother of the other two: she was certifiably insane). It was something of a traumatic experience for me when my aunt developed allergies to them and I had to give them away…
However, my sister has a duck. I don’t know why. Ming Ming is his name… He craps everywhere, pecks at your ankles whenever you go to hang up laundry and flies away whenever the cage is left open to go perch on telephone wires. The two of us have a tumultuous love-hate relationship… Here he is, feeling sorry for himself:
What was your best experience on Wattpad?
The first time I ever got a comment on my work, I nearly flew through the roof with excitement. Actually – it’s almost always like that, haha. Every time.
What other talents do you have? Show us!
I like to sketch… I don’t do it nearly often enough – too caught up in books – but I enjoy it almost as much as I do writing.
What is the most disappointing book you have ever read?
I try not to read a book if I think it’s going to be disappointing… so nothing comes to mind right off the bat.
However, I’m reading Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott right now and I’m not overly thrilled with it… There doesn’t seem to be enough action, the pages overflow with ridiculously detailed descriptions of mundane things- like clothing and saddlebags- and it has a somewhat dragging plot. I’m only halfway through though so its too soon to be making reviews. And there are definitely some enjoyable aspects to it. For instance: the old, Victorian style of writing makes you feel like you’re some kind of an Einstein of English lit – just for making it through the page – and it’s rich with historically accurate facts and the build up to the revelation of the title character was pretty phenomenal. So – not a total disappointment.
Do you keep a writing notebook? Show us a page!
(I should probably get a notebook actually…) I’m more of a scrap-paper kind of girl, I guess… anything I have on hand, I scribble on it:
Read us a short excerpt from your work.
I actually considered this. But even if I wanted to – because, you know, this could probably go on my Top Ten Things I’d Rather Never Do list – I literally can’t. And I have a dang good excuse too. My four bedroom apartment? Well, it’s just about bursting with some very young, very loud, very raucous siblings. 14, in fact. Getting some silence (or privacy) is nigh impossible. And I’m on the busiest, noisiest main street in my town… So the concept of my voice, with the slight slur of every ‘s’ I have the misfortune of uttering, reading aloud my work, peppered with a background cacophony of screaming kids, honking trucks and blaring music is just not going to happen…
(There. Is that not the most brilliant excuse ever?)
Recommend another Wattpadder.
Other than your Wattpad profile, do you have another site you’d like us to visit?
No, not yet, at least!