Our interview correspondent Fatemeh Mirjalili recently had the opportunity to interview one of Tumblr’s favorite poets, Lukas W.! Read the conversation below!
Fatemeh : Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Lukas: I am known as L.W. or Lukas in the public eye. I am someone who views the world differently and I paint my words on paper to express what I feel, what I want others to feel. I believe that I am an old soul that lives in a 21-year-old body and a day without coffee is like hell for me.
Fatemeh: What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading? Why?
Lukas: I don’t really read magazines or newspapers - but books, I do have a shelf of them in my room and they vary enormously in genre. From young adult books like The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo to criminology. From horror to literature. I am quite an observant person and from the books I read, I guess it shows that I am curious about almost everything in life.
Fatemeh: Do you refer to any blogs on writing? If so, could you tell us how these blogs help you?
Lukas: Sometimes when I feel the need to sweep up the scattered thoughts in my head, I do refer to one or two blogs to piece myself together. I often refer to Tyler Knott Gregson and James Andrew Crosby. They are one of the many reasons behind the existence of my blog. When I am a little lost, I find myself in the words they share with the public.
Fatemeh: Where do you get your ideas? What’s your writing process like?
Lukas: My ideas are all over the place, actually. It can be a line from a song, a word from a book character, or even the sight of birds flying freely in the sky. I am inspired by everything around me. They are my muse. And my writing process can either be simple or extremely messy. Some days, I can just sit at my working place and smoothly come up with a few pieces. Other days, it takes a few strolls with furrowed eyebrows and fidgety hands to get the right words out of my bones and complete a piece. No matter how simple or complex it gets, I truly enjoy it. It is utterly important to enjoy and love what you do to keep it going.
Fatemeh: How is the Tumblr poet experience?
Lukas: I have been writing on Tumblr for almost 3 years, and it was quite a challenging experience. I started from scratch and never in a million years would I think that people would pay attention to my words. I do have quite a few haters, and not to mention, harassers too; but overall, I get lots of love from people all over the world and God knows how thankful I am to be on the receiving end each day. Thank you all for your undying love and support. This one is for you, my readers. I love you all.
Fatemeh: Do you believe in writer’s block?
Lukas: Though it rarely happens to me, I do. Sometimes words, they will fail you. And when they do, listen to some good music or watch your favorite show. Just do what you love to do and enjoy the things around you. By doing that, you get to bring out the words that are stuck in your bloodstream.
Fatemeh: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Lukas: Don’t lose hope, and don’t lose yourself.
Fatemeh: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Lukas: When I was just a child, I didn’t speak much. But when I did, I spoke good of others and it brought a smile to their face; it was quite an experience for me. Then I tried to speak ill of them - and the results were the exact opposite. That made me realize that language had the ability to make someone profoundly happy or utterly upset. Language affects the way someone thinks and acts, and one should not take it for granted.
Fatemeh: What does literary success look like to you?
Lukas: It is not an award or some certificate. It is just a simple “Your words inspire me to be a better person, to make some good changes in my life”. To be able to motivate and inspire a soul: that is my biggest literary success.
Fatemeh: Do you have any advice for young, aspiring writers?
Lukas: Always write from the bottom of your heart and soul. Don’t write for the sake of others. Write because you want to, because you need to. Don’t worry about what others may think. Fall in love with writing, and never stop doing so.