Majerus Dulberg has been published in all three editions of Hot Dish Magazine including our latest edition Words Become Reality. And we took this opportunity to ask Majerus a little bit about his writing and what pushes him to write.
What is your writing process?
I like to figure out what I would like to write about and think of the best possible ending for that specific piece, then work around the ending so it makes sense. Since, in my opinion, without a decent ending the poem can be left on a cliffhanger or even rushed too much to seem truly done.
Where do you draw inspiration for your pieces?
I get inspired off of friends of mine, or songs I hear, Rapper "Slick Rick" has a son produced called Hey Young World where he spreads a similar message encouraging the youth to appreciate their life and not make silly mistakes. I liked that idea, as well as rapper J Cole's song 1985 (Intro to "The Fall Off") where he tells young and upcoming artists/rappers to spend their new wealth wisely yet enjoy being young.
How does it feel to be published in Hot Dish three years in a row?
It's satisfying to get an email, or my English teacher tell me I've been published, now for 3 years in a row. I feel I have grown in the process from my first publication "ABC's Poem".
Has there been anyone that has helped or inspired you with your writing?
My dad was a huge inspiration for my writings, since he is an amazing writer when he writes anything. I got my knack for writing from him, and he even critiqued my work before submission. However, I write all my pieces entirely on my own.
Do you have any words of wisdom for other young and emerging authors?
Words to the next generation. . .Keep at it, and never give up. I've been writing for years and only submitted my first poem as a challenge from my English teacher. Without thinking it was written well enough to actually be published. When she told me it was published I almost screamed in class as well as knew, finally, I might have had a real talent. I never gave up, and I know if anybody gives up, they can't get better. So, in order to get better you must challenge yourself. You may find out something you never knew about yourself.