Ella (pen name)
18 Years old
Show us your workspace. Don’t clean it up first!
Other than high school English class, how did you learn to write?
I’m still learning! Well in high school, in addition to taking an AP English course, I also took a class that was called Writer’s Craft, which was specifically all about creative writing. By that point, I’d been on Wattpad for a little over a year so I found that I already knew a lot more than others in my class in terms of the mechanics of writing, like quotation marks and dialogue and all that. And I only knew those things because of practice and observing others. It was still the best class I’d ever taken though, and we got to study screenplays for a little while which was amazing. Other than that, it’s honestly been a lot of reading, which expands vocabulary, develops style, and sets your own creative juices flowing like nothing else.
What is one of the best sentences or paragraphs you’ve ever written?
Truthfully, this is a big deal for me because I’ve been working on a story that hasn’t been published to Wattpad just because it’s my baby and I’m not ready to share it fully with anyone yet. But here’s a few sentences that I like from my story that I’ve titled, Her Name Was Me. It’s written in a journal-entry format, with a young woman writing to her mirror:
“And I just started thinking about good and bad and dark light and black and white and how that’s our problem right there. The in-between.
Of course there’s middle ground to everything. Us humans are awfully good at finding it, and then staying there. We’ve lived in gray for so long that we’ve lost all our colour.”
-Her Name Was Me
What is your favorite sentence or paragraph from another author’s novel?
What a diabolically difficult question. Since I can’t go through my every favourite novel and line and do the whole process of elimination, I’ll settle for the novel that I reread most recently. And, well, not to jump on the Perks of Being a Wallflower bandwagon (I’ll have you know that I first read this book six years ago, haha), but a lot of lines from Chbosky’s novel were hard-hitting, and this one strikes me particularly hard every time I read it. It’s easy to miss and glaze over, unless you stop and think about what he’s saying here (the last sentence is my favourite):
“Sometimes, I look at my parents now and wonder what happened to make them the way they are. And then I wonder what will happen to my sister when her boyfriend graduates from law school. And what my brother’s face will look like on a football card, or what it will look like if it is never on a football card.”
-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Do you have pets? Show us!
Unfortunately, my hamster (Manu) and guinea pig (Winnie) died :(
But sometimes I talk to my Johnny Depp poster (I ignore the unnecessary people in the background, lol). He has two main drawbacks, though: he’s not real, and not a very good cuddler, being a poster.
What was your best experience on Wattpad?
Not to sound like Disney Channel, but my first month on Wattpad was magical and unreal. My very first story, The Ivy League, did amazingly well and I would actually document how many fans I had, how many reads, and votes I received. It was organized differently back then, and having 1,000 fans was a really big deal, so when I hit that mark, I was the happiest person on earth for a good week. I think I really freaked out my family, they didn’t understand why I wouldn’t stop smiling.
What other talents do you have? Show us!
I wouldn’t say I’m very talented at this, but I really love Spoken Word Poetry. Sometimes it’s known as Slam Poetry, too. If you don’t know what that is, look it up on YouTube, it’s incredible! I’ve written a few of my own, and presented it in English class in high school, but unfortunately I don’t have a video to show you, and you really need to hear a slam poem presented for it to be as impacting as it’s supposed to be. Also, a lot of slam poems go on for pages, since it’s meant to be spoken out loud, so I won’t include an example of one I wrote. But other than that, I’m learning to play guitar. Here’s a picture of my baby, Alejandro :)
What is the most disappointing book you have ever read?
Usually I’m never disappointed in a book since there’s always something to appreciate. But I will say it about these two books: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (after all the hype surrounding it, I expected to be able to get past the first 30 pages of a thousand-page novel, but I just can’t!) and Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One. I’ve read several of Sparks’ books before, and I started reading The Lucky One when I was in the mood for a light, sappy romance. But the novel is just so flat. Flat dialogue, flat characters, flat and predictable plot. I just kept thinking how terribly uninterested I was, and how badly written the story was, despite its potential. I’m usually never this critical, but I was kind of disappointed.
Do you keep a writing notebook? Show us a page!
I tried keeping a notebook, but I never carry it around with me. And I’m always the type of person who loves scraps of paper, and napkins and sometimes if I’m washing dishes and an idea or well-phrased sentence comes to mind, I’ll fish out an empty kleenex box from the recycling bin and write on the cardboard if there’s nothing better at hand. So, I reached a compromise. I try to collect my scraps and paste them in my notebook later. Here it is!
Read us a short excerpt from your work.
Recommend another Wattpadder.
You’ve already interviewed a couple of Wattpaders who I really admire and whose work I love reading – @BeautifulRose16 and @The_Starzee. I’d also recommend @ACRL37 and @Fallzswimmer. They are fantastic writers, and amazing people.
Other than your Wattpad profile, do you have another site you’d like us to visit?