Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Philip Elliot. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
Philip – “I’m going to give two because I’m rebellious like that:”
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I write out of a strange, unfightable (not that I’ve tried) need, and that need is threefold. The first is a desperate need to express the truths that live inside me. Sometimes I know what they are and sometimes I don’t, but I feel them there always, and they can’t be reasoned with or silenced. The second need is to commit to eternity the record of a specific moment in time priceless to me that I’m afraid of forgetting personally and/or afraid that it will die with me and be lost from the world forever. I have a crazy fear of losing important memories and the feelings inside them, because I think, as life comes to a close, they’re the only thing that matters. And if the memory is lost, did it really happen at all? (Yes, I’m great for casual pub talk; can’t you tell?). And finally, the third need is to not work a shitty job I hate. ‘Cause fuck that.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Because my poem “Dance, Forever” is one I’m particularly fond of and is in a magazine I’m also particularly fond of, I’ll mention that. It can be read in Issue Two of the excellent Australian lit mag, Spinebind, out June 20th.
Philip is 23 years old and Editor-in-Chief of Into The Void Magazine. His fiction and poetry can be found in several magazines, including The Paragon Journal and The Curly Mind. He believes there is no such thing as characters, only people. Philip is a passionate feminist and animal-loving vegan.
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See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.