Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Writer Wednesday - Sara Strauss

I found Sara's blog after creeping on an instagram-hashtag for a conference she and I both attended.  She posted a picture of her pretty awesome shoes, and as I looked through her feed and found her blog, I knew it was one I'd be reading for a while.  She's getting her MFA right now, and the blog feels like the perfect combination of literary seriousness and blogging lightness.  Take a look!

Sara of Sincerely, Sara

Who are you? I’m Sara, a petite young woman who is currently going to grad school for creative writing in New York. When I’m not writing my novel, I’m reading, watching way too much TV, blogging, drinking tea, hanging out with friends, or shopping.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? Why yes, I blog over at Sincerely, Sara, a charming place where fashion and literary magic happens! Sincerely, Sara inspires literary-loving people to be creative, to dress how they want, to be their amazing selves, and to find inspiration everywhere. My Inspired By posts combine my love of fashion and books (and sometimes TV shows and movies) to create outfits inspired by book covers or literary characters.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? I started blogging in November of 2011 mostly because everyone said that a writer should have a blog. Initially, I had no idea what I wanted to write about. I was going to write about my thoughts on life, but found that boring, so I turned to my love of fashion and books.

Why do you write? I write stories because I fell in love with storytelling after reading Harry Potter and wanted desperately to inspire and entertain others as J.K. Rowling and many other writers have done for me. I write notes to myself because it gives me a space to put my thoughts and if I didn’t those thoughts would be lost forever!

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? The writer who inspires me the most is of course J.K. Rowling. One day I hope my stories will be the escapism someone needs as her stories were for me. On a daily basis though, I’m inspired by the bloggers I read every day who continue to write on their blogs or work on their novels because they love it so much. Seeing their intensity and drive inspires me to continue writing. Most specifically is Kristin of My Life as a Teacup, whose blog makes me smile every day.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Sadly I’ve never been to England, but something tells me that if I ever did have a chance to go (an all-expenses paid trip would be amazing!) it would feel like home away from home. I like to tell people that I was British in a past life!

What is your favorite place on earth? Honestly, my bed! It’s so cozy and I love snuggling under the covers to read or watch TV until the wee hours of the morning. I also like to write in a notebook in bed when I get a spurt of inspiration for my stories.

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