"Who is Mel Ciavucco and why the hell does she have a website?" I hear you cry. I ask myself that quite a lot.
I'm a writer of blogs, short stories, novels and screenplays, trying to write my way one word at a time into a competitive, soul-crushing industry.
I really don't know. Like most writers, I like and loathe writing at the same time. I suppose I write because I have to. If I don't, my imagination will melt out of my ears and I'll crumble to the ground and get down-trodden into the grey-scale of our modern society.
I write because I feel like it's what I was born to do. Not in an 'I'm awesome' way, but in a there-are-so -many-words-in-my-head-and-they-have -to-come -out sort of way.
I'm probably just a cliché. Sorry. Ironically, one of the first things I learnt about writing was 'don't use cliché's.' But I also learnt that you have to learn the rules before you can break them.
What do I write about?
Usually either comedy or gritty drama. One extreme to the other!
I usually have a point I want to demonstrate when I start writing something. I think about the idea and which form it will be best suited to (short story, screenplay etc) and then I'll explore character ideas. I like writing anything which challenges social norms or takes a satirical look at society.
My blogs and video tend to focus on body positivity and gender equality. I feel very passionately about these topics and believe we can help each other through stuff by sharing our own personal stories.
What do I actually want?
What most writers want - lots of attention. Or just someone other than my mum to read my work and take something away from it. To make people think about their lives or the world. Ultimately, to help. And if made enough money to love along the way, that'd be helpful.
A lot of people want to be writers, so it's a hard dream to attain but we just have to keep going! Our world will always need writers and artists. Creative people are good for our society. We have the power to influence and shape the world. I learn something through everything I write - it's how I process my things in my crazy brain.
I feel like we should end on an inspirational quote, but all I've got is Frank N Furter. That wise, sexy, sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania once said,
"Don't dream it, be it."