The Non-Alcoholic Student – Truly Inspired #26


Truly Inspired Series

1] Blog Name

The Non-Alcoholic Student 

2] Genre/Blog Style

Generally university themed: be this advice or ramblings from my life as a student. But, then again, I just posted a kind of book-review-ramble so I kind of just go with the flow and write whatever the hell I want to and hope that it’s not rubbish.

3] Blog Age

Two and a half months.

4] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?

I can remember being about 10/11 and being convinced that I was going to be a writer after watching a documentary on J.K. Rowling. I remember going upstairs and writing my very own spin-off Harry Potter series and being utterly convinced that I’d self publish it at the age of 11. I did, however, show early signs of wanting to be a writer as my Mum has since shown me stories that I made up as a child and turned into little paper books held together with treasury tags.

5] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?

I hit roadblocks here and there but I try not to let it bother me and I just kind of write through it if that makes sense? My logic is that, if you can write through the problem, you can edit and fix what you wrote later. Funnily enough, I never seem to have trouble with creativity when I’m lying in bed about to go to sleep; then I seem to have enough ideas for about 4 novels.

5] How prolific are you in your craft?

I’ve been quite productive recently. I’m at university and I have a part time job so my time dedicated just to creativity and downtime is sometimes quite hard to find but I write as much as I can – as I mentioned on my blog, I just crossed the 10,000 word mark on my novel so I would say I’ve officially made a start!

6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?

Nope, just WordPress (although I did just look to see if my old book blog was still up and it is, but that was written many years ago and no way am I going to tell anyone where or how to find it!)

7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?

Yes, I think everyone does at some point. As I said above, I either try to write through the problem or change something about the way I’m working. That might be my location or just the way I’m writing but generally, I find changing things up is the best way to beat writers block.

8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]

Writing and music (although I’ve never shared anything musically).

9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?

For something like a blog post, I’m a little weird. I sit and I write and as soon as I have written the first sentence, I know if the post feels natural or forced in any way. If it feels forced, I stop and move onto something else.

For my novel, I spent a lot of work shaping and moulding an idea I believed in. I had a gut feeling that, from the tiny little spark that hit me in the shower, I could create a story to tell and it was that gut feeling that kept me up at night, scribbling in notebooks until they were completely full, developing an idea into the plot I’m writing now. And, even as I write, it changes slightly but I think that’s healthy. Sometimes, you have to grow with your ideas after you came up with them.

10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?

I don’t need it, but I like to listen to music from the Mario Galaxy soundtrack. It actually contains some really beautiful instrumental pieces that I find really relaxing and allow me to focus really intently on what I’m doing for quite a long period of time.

11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]

Time alone! It’s on the days where I go for long walks by myself that make me feel truly ready to return to my writing – talking to other people just makes me feel drained.

12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?

Yes, completely. It’s something I don’t talk about a lot, but I have a pretty messed up family life and I definitely think that my novel is influenced heavily by that, though it isn’t in the slightest bit autobiographical.

13] Are there any specific things which enable your creative juices to flow more steadily? [overtired/insomnia/mental health/eating/drinking/smoking/surrounded by colour/abstract thoughts and thinking]

Does tiredness count? When I’m incredibly tired, I think that is the only way when my brain can completely relax and that’s when all the good ideas start flowing!

14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?

A blog post can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a day. As for my novel? I’ve only really started to actually write it a few months ago but I’ve been working on it for over a year now and I have an abundance of notes and 10,000 words to show for it.

15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?

There are a few scenes that I have written so far that I’m genuinely pleased with and it’s usually scenes in which I can feel my characters’ feelings for them through the writing – that’s how I know when to stop editing. I don’t really share pieces of my novel that much but for something like the blog, the amount of kind comments I get every day make everything worth while – I can’t even put into words how grateful I am (which is really quite ironic when you think about it.)

What l love about NA Student’s blog is the quirkiness of certain things. I cannot specifically pinpoint right now, not looking at the blog what these are per se, but l think it is best described as a gut reaction to the style. Although one that l have noted is the precision to detail of certain ‘things’. One is currently present in this post, and any one who has already submitted a write up, undoubtedly will have noticed it already, but merrily carried on.

That point is that there are in fact 2 ‘Q3’s’. Was it a deliberation on my side or an err simply not cleared up? The answer is actually both in some respects. I knew there to be two Q3’s from the off go, both were concerning age, one the length of time writing personally and two the age of the blog. It was an err that l decided to keep in as a little of ‘Can you see Wally humour‘ of sorts, but also a little test to see who would see the error itself – yes l can be quirky like that. But also l said to myself that once l had thirty Interviews, l would be changing the question style and take it out.

However our blogger here, has seen the error and corrected it anyway. which l found quite endearing.

One of the series l do like from The Non-Alcoholic Student is ‘Letter to Myself’, which is always well worth the read, as it beggars the question of many a footnote from films, but also something l feel we find asking ourselves – “What would l have said to myself at this point in time twenty years ago or indeed twenty years from now?’

Well worth a visit fellow bloggers, well worth it. My thanks to NA Student for taking part in the Truly Inspired series and sharing the thoughts of the blogger’s brain with us.


I would love to hear from more of you, what inspires you to create, to craft, to experiment and adventure forwards in your own journey, what fires your imagination? Please drop me an email at and l will gladly write you up and share who you are.

It is simple – email me at the above Addy or drop me a line in my contact box and l will email you the questionnaire. Fill it in, send it back , and include images that you feel may support what you write, or about your blog, and l will write it up as a post and insert it into this series here.

Come on, you know you want to!

8 thoughts on “The Non-Alcoholic Student – Truly Inspired #26

  1. I had no idea that the question 3 thing was intentional! That’s really interesting and I also feel like it says a lot about my sometimes quite alarming pedanticisms ahah!

  2. Excellent interview! Nice to get to know a bit more about nonalcoholic student.

    *Small note, the link to that blog doesn’t work due to a comma instead of a period after www.

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