My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
When my music journalism started to get published. It was that sense of validation that pushed me to pursue it as a career rather then a hobby.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
It changes, at the moment Philip Roth. I find his writing style so lucid, fresh and clean.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
It was a film review for Soundbite Culture if I recall.
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
That’s a tricky one. Personally it would be one of my unpublished short stories. In terms of published writing there are a number of reviews I’m proud of. They are:
Who or what inspires you to write?
Reading is a vital part of my creative process, bad writing as well as good. University has created a literary environment that has allowed me to invest more time and energy into my practice. I’m inspired by art, namely music. My fiction and poetry inspirations are existential philosophy, spirituality, mysticism and occultism.
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
I read, cook, listen to music, play videogames and I see friends and family.
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be original, be honest and be persistent.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
A sense of community I otherwise would not experience in my solitude.
Kareem Ghezawi is a music journalist and graphic designer. You can read some of his writing here.