Poetry Interview Series: The Volatile Poet
In today’s interview we would like to introduce you to the talented Instagram poet The Volatile poet. The Volatile Poet is one of AWB’s most popular writers on instagram as the poems are just so relatable and help each one of us see perspective when we are having a rough time ourselves. Not only are the writings deeply passionate they are also beautifully composed and a real eye catcher on instagram We were lucky to talk to The Volatile Poet and find out more about the writing process and what inspires this talented writer. See the full interview below.
When did you first become passionate about poetry and what attracted you to it?
I first started writing when I was in pain. I was heartbroken and writing about my feelings helped me a lot. It still does and I knew it in my heart that if I was feeling better from writing something, some other person will definitely feel better after reading it, knowing that I am with them, going through the same thing that they are. That’s when I became passionate about writing.
What inspires you to write?
I want to be able to comfort people with the help of my words, just like how those words have comforted me when I was going through a rough patch.
The thought that I might be helping at least a single person, inspires me to write every day.
Do you publish your Poetry on other channels but Instagram?
No but I am planning to!
Who is your favourite Instapoet and why?
Whoa that’s a tough question. I love the work of so many talented and inspiring people on the platform. I don’t think I can decide on a single person.
Tell us a bit about your personal style.
My writings are a mixture of everything. I write about love, pain, heartbreak, healing and life in general. I am in fact, very “volatile” *wink*
Can you tell us a little about your writing process? How do you come up with poems and how do you edit them?
I don’t really have a constant writing process. The thoughts just come to me and I immediately write them down in a book which I usually carry with me everywhere. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night and put my thoughts down on a paper because I think that’s when my mind is absolutely clear and calm.
Also, when I write a thought down, it just looks like a bunch of random words. The elaboration and framing is usually done when I’m editing the picture for posting it online. So if you look at my book, you are going to think that I am crazy! :D
Do you support yourself through writing financially, or do you have a day job and what is it?
No, I don’t support myself financially through writing but emotionally, I do! A lot!
I am a business student now. I will be graduating in a couple of years and I’m looking forward to bringing in the financial factor as well, through writing.
Earning money by doing something that I absolutely love? I can’t say no to that!
How many hours a day do you spend writing and what helps you to get into the writing mood?
I do not have any allotted time for writing but I do write every day. As I said earlier, the thoughts and ideas just come to me and I write them down. I write them as they come, whenever they come.
There are also a few emotional days, happy or sad or angry or painful. On those days, I spent a lot of time writing.
And what’s the best moment you’ve had with your poetry so far?
I am constantly amazed by how my poetry or my writings heal me but apart from that, there are so many other moments that I absolutely cherish. Whenever I receive a message from a person telling me that my writings help them or that they enjoy reading my content, my face lights up. I cannot describe that feeling. It just makes me so happy!
How do you respond to writer’s block or not knowing what to write?
Oh trust me, I go through that phase very often. I usually travel when I’m having a writer’s block. While travelling, I think a lot, I come across numerous people who inspire me and I find a new perspective.
What are you working on next?
I’m not working on anything as of now. The student life keeps me quite busy! *sigh*
Where would you like to see yourself in three years’ time?
I see myself creating more content every day and helping as many people as I can. Oh and also, I see a published author! Yay!
What advice would you give young poets just starting out?
Do not hesitate to share your work. You have to believe in yourself before anyone else. Don’t judge your work based on the number of followers you have. It doesn’t matter. Just put your work out there and the right audience will come searching for you. All the best!
Do you think poetry has a greater purpose?
I do! Let me ask you something, what is the one thing that everyone is constantly looking for in their life? Happiness, right? Poetry makes us happy, it makes you feel the feelings that you didn’t know existed.
Thank you The Volatile Poet for this interview. Please follow this up and coming poet on Instagram to see more wonderful poetry.