Name: Emma Brems
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
To be honest I don’t free write that much, however, I do write and keep a journal. It helps me get the stress or troubles I have during the day down on paper so I can put them away and not let them distract me later during the week.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
When it comes to my writings, I don’t have many. As a chemistry major most of the ‘writing’ I do (in organic chemistry anyway) is drawings. But when I think about the pieces I have written in the past, the one that sticks out in my mind is one I wrote in the 8th grade (Judge me if you like, but I was and still am really excited about it). I had to write a multi-genre research project on my favorite author, I wrote several things that incorporated historical non-fiction, poetry, and a short story all incorporating different dates and important events and people in the authors life. In case you were wondering… it was all about Agatha Christie. J
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
When I write in my journal, I am usually listening to music and relaxing. Doesn’t really matter where, just as long as I am comfortable and relaxed.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
It normally incorporates a snack before (to cure any grumbling tummy problems), turning my phone off or on silent, and put away so I have no distractions, and an environment where I can just focus and write. I guess the interesting quirk part for me is the snack. They say food is a way to the heart, but it’s a way for me to write as well.
5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
Well you can probably guess from one of my previous answers, but my favorite writer is Agatha Christie. As one of the first women to write murder mysteries, she is fascinating to not only learn about, but to observe her change in writing style. She had three different ways she wrote her novels, one more formal, one more casual, and one so scattered that it was difficult to put all of the pieces together until the last few chapters. What is so fascinating to me is that even though she wrote her novels in three different ways, you could still tell that she wrote them.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
My best writing experience? I don’t really know what writing experience to talk about! The one that is the most fresh in my memory is probably my first visit to the Writing Center. I was so nervous about asking for help with my writing. I struggle a lot with asking for help anyway, but actually getting my paper printed and walking to Hollenbeck to ask for help was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did I get help, but I also learned a lot about how to make my writing better.
It is a primary goal of mine to make sure all of my statements are fully supported. I know that may sound cliché, but really that is one thing that I struggle with as a writer. I tend to write things that are left unsupported, and I want to make that better.
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
If you get stuck, ask for help. It’s okay to ask a question that may seem silly. If you don’t know if a comma should go in that sentence, ask if it should or shouldn’t. If you don’t know what structure your argument should have, ask for an opinion of a peer or writing advisor. The only way you will get better is if you ask for help.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
I love to be silly, if I can relate something weird to a session, I probably will. I want to help you make your writing the best it can be, but I don’t want you to be bored while doing it. I want you to be comfortable with your writing, and if you’re nervous about talking to me, I’ll try to make the environment serious, with a little big of fun incorporated. J
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
I love the weird posters and artwork. I believe the environment of a space makes the experience better. The fact that the posters and artwork are so bizarre makes the space more opening and inviting. I am all about making sure people are comfortable, and I feel that the Center is one of the most comfortable places on campus.