Expression Emotions Through Writing With Hannah Mercy

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About Hannah Mercy

I’m Hannah, I’m 17, and I’m a junior in high school. I live with my mom, dad, three brothers, cat, and bird. Despite having a decent childhood, I suffer from depression and anxiety, which provides emotion that fuels a lot of my writing.

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How And When Did You Get Started Writing?

I began first writing (poetry mainly) when my emotions got stronger a couple years ago. My anger, hate, frustration, depression, grieving, etc. all built up until I needed a release, which I found in writing.

What Does Literary Success Look Like To You?

I believe success varies from person to person. Success could be defined as the accomplishing of a goal or achievement. For one person, that might mean publishing their first book. Maybe someone else’s success is eating a meal. Everyone is strong and successful in their own way/sense.

What Actionable Tips And Tricks Do You Have For New Writers That They Can Apply Now On Their Journey As Budding Writers?

A lot of the time I find it hard to reign in my feelings and define them with words. When this happens, don’t try to force a piece that conveys that emotion in a beautiful, aesthetic way. Instead, let the words describe your raw emotion. It doesn’t have to be pretty or structured, just let the emotion flow.

What Are Common Traps For Aspiring Writers?

Comparing your writing to someone else’s writing can often be discouraging and make you think less of yourself. Everyone’s style of writing is different, and it’s not fair to compare one to the other. Don’t write for others as well, write for yourself. Say what you want to say, not what you think others want you to say.

If You Could Tell Your Younger Writing Self Anything, What Would It Be?

I would tell myself to look for a release when I’m feeling down. I found writing was a good way to relieve my bottled up emotions, but after I had already found some unhealthy, addictive strategies.

What Are Your Favorite Books? Fiction And/ Or Non-Fiction?

Some of my favorite books are Light Filters In and When the World Didn’t End, both my Caroline Kaufman. They’re both a collection of mostly free verse poetry that the author wrote when she was in a dark place.Reaching For The Stars With John RachelSome of my favorite books are “Light Filters In” and “When the World Didn’t End”, both my Caroline Kaufman. They’re both a collection of mostly free verse poetry that the author wrote when she was in a dark place.

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