Name: Julia Devine
Major(s), Minor(s): Communication major, minors in Spanish and Creative Writing
Standing : Senior
Astrological Sign: Gemini
1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
My instinct is to write plotless musings, focusing more on ideas and perspectives than characters or action. Usually these musings are just a way for me to refresh and recalibrate, but once in a while I come up with something that I think other people might care about. However, I also have experience in writing short stories, poems, analytical essays, and research papers.
2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I am most proud of a piece that was published in last year’s Witt Review, titled Thoughts on buildings and the fires that end them. I think I pushed myself in this piece to turn my usual musings into something with style and an endpoint. I’m most proud of this piece because it was fun to write and I still thought it was fun once I had finished writing it.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
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 usually wash my face before I sit down (on the floor) to write a paper. Clean slate, clean face.
Currently, my favorite writer is John Steinbeck. I like his style because it’s not a natural one for me. He does a lot of things that I struggle with in my own writing, like weaving in details and sewing the setting and characters seamlessly together. I tend to use short sentences and leave a lot of dialogue unsaid, so it’s healthy for me to read Steinbeck’s work and acknowledge the idea that characters can be wise and wordy while still leaving the reader with something to dig up.
6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
I think my best writing experience would be when I wrote my first short story in high school. It was about waitresses in a diner, and my metaphors were pretty darn cool.
7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg writers?
Don’t get too caught up in making papers sound “academic.” There’s something powerful about your own voice and your own style – use your time at Witt to figure out how to write yourself into everything you put your name on, while meeting the requirements of your professors.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the Writing Center?
I’m excited to work with them! My goal in each session is to help the writer leave the Center a little less stressed out about their paper and a little more driven turn in a final paper that they’re proud of.
10. What’s the best part about working in the Writing Center?
The best part is that no shift is the same. Each day I get to talk with different people, and all of them want to let me into their writing world for a little while. I think that’s pretty cool and quite a privilege.