Back in the workrooms of Team Tub, we are privileged to peruse through some amazing writing from different writers. Then suddenly we come across a writer like Amanee Khaled Hasan, and are left quite breathless at the sheer eloquence of emotions neatly arranged in words.
Amanee is a Palestinian-American, born and raised in America, currently a sophomore in college, majoring in English literature, in Amman, Jordan. She is also a part time English tutor. But there is much more to her than that. She is an incredibly talented writer, who can craft her words in a way that makes them poignant pieces of our very own hearts.
It is our constant endeavour to highlight talent from all across the globe to help build a worldwide community right here on The Uncommon Box group. The Uncommon Box is delighted to feature Amanee as its inspiring writer, in this special conversation with her.
A little byte from Amanee will give you an insight into the beautiful and sensitive mind that pens the lovely lines under the Instagram handle @a.k.hasan_
‘I started off as @__nyctophiliacs__ because I wanted to be as anonymous as possible-so I chose one of my favourite words and went for it. But over sometime I realized the name didn’t mean much to me and I wanted it to portray more of who I am and maybe it was time to show some “me” while still remaining somewhat anonymous. So I used my name. a.k.hasan stands for Amanee Khaled Hasan- which is my first name, dad’s name, and last name.
“I wanted it to be me, even if it wasn’t directly my name. It’s a name I’m proud of and wouldn’t mind going by or being known as.”
It represents enough of me without giving too much away. I constantly get people confusing me for guy instead of a girl. But I don’t care which gender they see me as because at the end it’s irrelevant to my work. Being a guy or girl shouldn’t interfere with the way my words are perceived.’
The desire to write existed in Amanee forever, but she began ‘sharing’ her work only recently, surprising many that she was actually writing. She reminisces,
‘When I did finally share bits and pieces my closest friends were more supportive than I ever expected and they motivated me to try to get my stuff out there and after a while I got the guts and became more secure of myself and started my account and entered the writing community online.
And it started to grow more than I ever expected I never thought I would surpass 50 followers but here I am. After all the great feedback I started getting and the beautiful people I had by my side I realized “maybe I can do something with this” and since then I constantly push myself to something new. From novels, poetry, journal entries, random writings I do it all and don’t limit myself. I take one opportunity at a time.’
Amanee echoes many other artists when she says, she draws her inspiration from all kinds of sources- the environment with its people around her, the people she looks up to and even herself.
Sadly enough, Amanee had to face some negativity and hate on her account, which deeply impacted her for a while. That there could be such bitterness out there, made her realize that hate was unavoidable and one had to cope with it maturely.
“There were months when the notorious writers’ block hit her but with time, Amanee got the better of negativity.”
With the love, support and encouragement from friends, family and loyal followers Amanee inspires herself to keep writing.
So what keeps this young writer motivated?
Amanee finds inspiration from the writers and poets she follows on Instagram. Their words have the special ability to reach out to her. They keep her motivated.
But the messages she gets from her audience, who read her work regularly, keeps her inspired. When she is told how her words have impacted them, made them feel and what they mean to them, she feels it is all worth it. She humbly states,
‘I get more love and respect than I believe I deserve.’
Her dreams for herself as a writer is to ‘just keep writing and to never let the love I have for it die or be driven by something rather than desire.’
With dreams to be a freelance writer, published poet and novelist, Amanee also wishes to author books for children in the future.
With these armful of dreams and the resolve to follow her heart’s calling Amanee has these words for all budding writers-
‘The most important thing is to keep going, keep writing. Never compare yourself to others, ever!
Don’t consume yourself with the idea you’re not as good as the people around you, there will always be people better than you no matter what it is you do, that doesn’t mean you stop.
You keep doing what you love and at the end of the day people will love it and hate it just make sure it speaks to you.
I know I’m not that great of a writer but I know with time I will get better.
Will I ever be great? Maybe, maybe not but that’s not the point. As long as there’s heart to what I do that’s more than enough, and that’s all poetry needs really.
One quote I live by but I don’t know who said it,
“A professional is only an amateur that never quit”.
It is indeed not incredible that the mind which churns out such amazing pieces of writing, should hold such profound views. Amanee has deciphered her purpose in life, and is working towards it. Indeed, we can all be inspired by such role models around us. Team The Uncommon Box wishes Amanee the very best for all her future endeavours.
You can follow Amanee on Instagram @a.k.hasan_
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