Bizarre as it sounds, math tuition was a springboard of ideas for writer Lixin. Besides helping her with math, her tutor talked about issues she would never have thought about. Her style of writing was very much shaped under his influence and encouragement. “ I always became very inspired after every Sunday tuition class”, she said. Since young, she has been passionate about words. At 6, she penned her own newspaper articles and short stories. At 10, the self-confessed Harry Potter fanatic was inspired by British author J.K Rowling to start writing her own novels.
For Lixin, writing is a way to express her innermost thoughts and truest feelings. It is also her mode of escapism. Her favorite writers include Neil Gaiman and Carol Ann Duffy, both whom she feels are “amazing poets in their own ways.”
Her inspirations stem from music as well as observing the people around her. She is particularly compelled to write about issues close to her heart, such as animal cruelty and environmental degradation. The staunch supporter of animal rights has also started an online petition dedicated to raising awareness of animals in captivity. She is determined to see her name in print, and has even tried publishing a book when she was only 11. “It is no secret how badly i want to have my works published,” she says.
“... my art
will always be etched upon my heart,
wrapped around my veins, and
ornamented on my bones. the scars
are perfection - and this, you
cannot change, only the sunshine
in my blood. ”
Though Lixin knows that the path towards fulfilling this cherished dream is difficult, she has not given up. She has decided to “go back to the beginning” by starting with something small. For instance, her online writing portfolio will give her the opportunity to share her literary works with a wider audience. Currently, she is looking out for contests to submit her poems. Before the end of the year, she will be submitting a poem titled “ My Mother's Hands”.
Readers can look forward to reading an online version of her compiled works at http://bonelace.net.