Elahe Zare

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Elahe Zare

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
My most influential writers would probably be Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler & Haruki Murakami, if I’m honest. The balance in both of their writing between simplicity of style and utter weirdness is something I really admire & identify with & maybe strive for, a little. I don’t have any one specific source of inspiration though. For me, discovering new writers, new voices, new forms of expression, is definitely more inspirational than revisiting writing I’ve read, and even loved, before.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I drink a lot of coffee, or maybe some wine, but I rarely eat while I’m writing. Unless I’m using food as an excuse to take a break.

What season do you find you write the most in?
Probably Autumn? Or Winter. When it’s time to be cozy, have a hot drink beside you, and not have to go outside, but without feeling guilty about it. I always feel guilty staying indoors when it’s warm and sunny out. Writing in the sun can have its perks, though.

Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
No. I will sometimes use music to get in a certain creative mood, but it’s never specifically tailored to what I’m working on, and I don’t listen to music while I’m writing.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I drink a lot of coffee, or maybe some wine, but I rarely eat while I’m writing. Unless I’m using food as an excuse to take a break.

What is your ideal writing environment?
Quiet, surrounded by books. Maybe a nice window to stare out of. Soft lighting & no distractions. I try to write anywhere though, because the ideal is so hard to achieve.

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Both. Like physical exercise, but way more fun.

Do you have any future writing plans?
To keep going. To just keep writing & get better & better at it.

 

You can read Elahe Zare’s piece “To Dine Alone” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.

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