Name: Evan Finley
Major: Communications Minor: Philosophy
Astrological Sign: Taurus
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I enjoy writing poetry when I’m feeling profound or creative. I find it to be a good exercise in writing something that is concise yet loaded with meaning at the same time.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I am particularly proud of my admission essay. I love writing about my personal experiences. It allows me to produce some of my best work.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I most enjoy writing in a small space accompanied only by non-lyrical music and coffee.
4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
I try to read something before I begin writing. It helps me to settle into my writing mood. I also have a tendency to begin writing pure ludicrous nonsense when I experience writer’s block, it helps me get past it.
5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
Joe Haldeman. He wrote my favorite book The Forever War. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that captured my attention and imagination so thoroughly.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
I find that my best experience repeats itself each school year. If I am in a class in which the professor asks us to write a short personal narrative about identity I end up writing my best work. Those papers are always met with high praise from those professors. I enjoy writing about my personal experiences because I think people have the potential to learn a lot from them.
7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I have an absolutely horrible tendency to write extremely long and elaborate sentences without any sort of break that always end up sounding choppy and awkward because they take away from the intended meaning of that particular statement or thought which is something professors tend to detract points for. Wait a second…
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Write soon. Write often. Write well.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
My hearing is very bad. Fret not, dear student, we are more than capable of facilitating a great conversation about your writing. Just speak louder than you would normally and try to slow down!
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
Seeing the many writing styles of the student body at Wittenberg. I love experiencing that diversity