Reality Skimming

Interview with Alessandra White

Alessandra White My name is Alessandra White. I am a technical writing student and I have a degree in history (with an emphasis in English). I love to read and write and I will discuss my appreciation for reading and writing below.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing as a child. I was surrounded by books at a young age and writing was just a natural progression, I think. I was shy, too, and writing was a way to express my feelings rather than by speaking with someone face-to-face.

My parents bought me a collection of children’s encyclopedias when I was a baby so that I could one day read them, which I eventually did. I also spent so much time at the library as a child that I never thought anything of it. I remember one of my earliest and one of my favourite books as a child was Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson. To this day I still consider it one of my favourite books, maybe for nostalgic reasons.

What do you write about?

I write about anything and everything. When I was younger I kept a journal which I wrote in a lot. Then I started reading young adult novels as I got older and decided to write stories about those characters. After that I took a break from writing until I started university. I was constantly writing essays and reports for different classes and I realised then how much I truly loved writing. I would sit in my room or in the computer lab and feel such excitement writing and editing and switching words around and trying to come up with clever opening lines for each paragraph. I also loved looking back at my first draft and final draft and seeing what a difference was made.

What do you enjoy reading?

That I like to read is always changing. I enjoy reading books about my different hobbies and interests. I am interested in nutrition, so I find books on this subject useful and interesting to read about. In the last few years I have realised how much I enjoy history books, so I am always trying to find a good one to read. I also enjoy fiction books which are funny and light.

Is Writing Still Important?

Well, I hope so. Even though we are in an age of text messages and twitter and message boards, I think being able to write well has its place, especially at work, no matter the field. Well written e-mails, documents or presentation slides can make a world of difference.

Also, changing technology has not necessarily changed the importance of the written word. For example, using a Kindle e-book to read a novel or magazine instead of having a physical copy does not take away from the fact that people still want and desire written information.

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