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inkpopper of the Week: Sila

Posted by inkpop on November 17, 2009

One of the very first lit fans to join inkpop, Lauren Sila (aka “Sila”) is a driving force on the site. In addition to contributing poetry, she is an active conversation-starter on Forums, and created her own inkpop writing competition called “Weekly Writer’s Challenge,” for which inkpoppers have one week to write projects based on a central theme or topic.

Sila, 18, is a freshman at Foothill College in Silicon Valley, California, and plans to transfer to either Santa Clara University or New York University. “California has been my home for my entire life, and I honestly can’t imagine having grown up anywhere else,” she says. “Living here is truly like nothing else—the people, the culture, the environment.”

As the “inkpopper of the Week,” Sila talks here about balancing a busy college life with her two-books-per-week reading habit and being an inkpop “risk-taker” …

inkpop: In your inkpop profile, you describe yourself as a bibliophile. When did you become a book addict, and what are the last four books you’ve read?

Sila: I think my obsession with books started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was 8. Up until that point, I loathed reading. Harry Potter showed me the “magic” that words possess and that books are tickets to places that often we can only dream of. It was love at first read, and since then I’ve been devouring book after book after book. I read anything I can get my hands on, and I always keep my books in immaculate condition. Lately, I’ve been a little busy with college, and most of my reading has been done on inkpop. However, in the last couple weeks, I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, and Lamb by Christopher Moore.

What’s your ultimate dream job?

More than anything, I’ve always wanted to become a published author, but I don’t want that to be the only thing I do in life. Writing is my passion, but a huge part of my interests involve editing and publishing. I find the business aspect of the literary world fascinating, and I am very curious about the things that go on behind closed doors. I would ultimately like to run my own publishing company and be an author.

How’d you come up with the Weekly Writer’s Challenge (WWC)?

The concept is actually something that I had been toying with for a while—way before inkpop waltzed into my life. When the idea first came to me, I was thinking about all of the things that I would like to see in a writing challenge. From there, I began thinking of how those aspects could be aimed toward the masses. The only reason I began to put forth some real effort into the Weekly Writer’s Challenge is because I knew that on inkpop, where there are serious writers, the idea would be appreciated.

What are your goals for the WWC?

My main goal for WWC is centered on the participants—WWC is as much about them as it is me, maybe even more so. Right now everything is trial and error. Ultimately, I’d like to fully perfect the submission process, the judging procedures, and challenge rules. I want everything to become very streamlined and user-friendly. Eventually I would also like WWC to become a bigger part of inkpop. I don’t want it to remain something only a few inkpoppers know about—this is something I created for everyone.

As an inkpop leader and high-ranking Trendsetter, what’s your “message” to new inkpoppers?

Be active in the inkpop community—you can make a difference, set trends, make changes, and in the process, put yourself out there. I can’t imagine that I would be the inkpopper I am now if I had just stayed a wallflower. I think that for the new inkpoppers specifically, they should take risks. Sometimes newcomers in a pre-existing community want to just go with the flow and stick with whatever the norm is. But it’s good to break away and go against the current; a lot of new trends have been set that way.

inkpop Forums topic: The next “inkpopper of the Week” is Safs. What should we ask her? Post your suggestions on inkpop Forums.

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One Response to “inkpopper of the Week: Sila”

  1. shilpi said

    http://www.inkpop.com/projects/30468/ic-9-writer-s-magic/

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