Taylor Hill

Major(s), Concentration(s): English Major, Professional Writing and Rhetoric concentration
Minor(s): Business Administration
Year at Elon: Junior

1. Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
I take pride in writing for pleasure, so I make it a habit to write poems and very short stories when I have leisure time. I also write dedicatory pieces for family members and friends.

2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?
In 2010, I wrote a piece for my mother that was, in short, a dedication to her. She is someone that truly inspires me and is, undoubtedly, one of the primary reasons I decided to major in English.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?
Typically, I like to write in calm environments where soft sounds, such as light music or the indefinite hum of a television, are present. Hushed tones soothe me, and put me in a state of relaxation and I write best when my mind is somewhat at ease. I enjoy writing in my room, with music playing or in a quiet, public place where I can observe others and draw inspiration that way.

4. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when writing or when you are preparing to write? What are they?
Before writing a piece, either for a class or my pleasure, I enjoy going onto different blog sites, such as tumblr, pinterest, and blogspot. I find that looking at a collection of different images sparks my ingenuity and stimulates my desire to create.

5. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
Ever since I read "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, I have always regarded her as a writer that I draw influence from. I  tend to connect with authors who incorporate humanistic ideals and relevant issues into their stories, which is something Toni does beautifully. Her language, style and voice are truly unique and enrapturing.

6. What was the best writing experience of your life?
Presently, my best experience comes from a piece that I created following the passing of my grandmother. While writing about her, there was just an organic and innate passion that I had for each word on the paper. The intimacy of the subject matter allowed me to delve into a new medium of writing, as I was 17 at the time, and had only written academic essays and poems prior to that. It is something that I will always remember.

7. What would you most like to improve about your writing?
I think, for anyone who enjoys writing or writes professionally, there is always a longing to improve. For me, I would like to enhance the element of surprise in my writing. I have read so many books and stories by authors who do a fantastic job of keeping readers on their toes, and I feel my ability to do that is sub-par.

8. What advice do you have for other Elon writers?
Writing is something that stems from a love of language and creative expression. Therefore, you should always stay open-minded when composing your own pieces. And above everything, make it fun and enjoy!

9. What else (if anything) would you like to say?
I am honored to be a part of this campaign, as it represents something that I truly love.