Hey everyone!! Today, we’re doing another Spotting the Light post, and it’s a very exciting one!! We’re interviewing Grace Anne, who was the first blogger I ever followed. Through her, I got to meet lots of other bloggers and get to know this awesome community!!
Grace Anne is a eighteen year old blogger from the southern US. She is an INFP/INFJ who is passionate about the performing arts, writing, people, and Jesus.
What do you blog about?
I blog about a little bit of everything- life, writing, theatre, faith– whatever I’m passionate about at the moment. I have so many ideas and interests, and they all end up on my blog in one form or another.
Where do you get ideas for what you do?
Everywhere! I’m constantly inspired by life and the world around me.
If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?
Quality >>>>>> Quantity. Always. You don’t have to post every day- in fact, please, please don’t. I would also tell myself not to be scared of other bloggers just because they seem so much more professional or competent. I’ve met some of the best people on the planet through blogging, and I’m so thankful for all of them.
What is your favorite piece of content that you’ve put out?
I actually have two. Back in September, I shared a post in honor of Suicide Prevention Week entitled “Stay” that was really special to me. More recently, I shared a piece of fiction on the blog for the first time, which was exciting.
What made you decide to start writing?
I really don’t know of one specific moment that made me decide to start writing. It’s just always been a part of me. I distinctly remember being in first grade and writing stories with my friends during recess. All of my favorite games growing up involved telling stories in one capacity or another. It’s just always been a part of my life.
What is your favorite part about writing?
I love creating characters. People are so complex, and getting to tell their stories is something that I love.
What makes a good story?
You have to have engaging, complex characters. A plot is nothing without good characters.
Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?
Both. Having a good writing day is the best feeling in the world, and I love stepping away from my laptop feeling as though I can take on the world. But every day can’t be a good day, and writing can be an exhausting process. It’s all worth it in the end, though.
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is working past my own perfectionism. I’m really hard on myself because I want everything that I do to be the best that it can possibly be, so it’s difficult knowing when to step away and finally say that something is “done”.
Why do you do what you do?
I do it because I cannot imagine my life without it. Theatre and dance are two of my greatest passions, and there is no better feeling than stepping offstage and knowing that all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the piece were worth it.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve leanred from your art?
I’ve learned that I’m capable of doing a lot more than I ever would have thought that I could.
Where do you get inspiration?
I get inspiration from studying those who are better than I am and learning from them. Not copying – there’s a difference – but watching how they do things and and finding ways to incorporate those techniques into my own choreography and performances.
What is your favorite book?
What is/was your favorite childhood book?
SO MANY. Right off the top of my head, I’d have to say that Princess Academy was a definite favorite. I also loved anything having to do with fairies.
What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?
Anything by Sleeping At Last. I’m particularly obsessed with the enneagram series that he is sharing right now. It’s stunning.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Or anything involving peanut butter. Or coffee. Honestly, ice cream is just never a bad idea in general.