How This Shy Writer Loves to Share His Work

Writer Spotlight: An interview with Brandon Swader

Kimberley Payne
Feb 14 · 5 min read
Personal photo of Brandon Swader

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 160 writers in under a year. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.

Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.

Brandon Swader lives in Youngstown, Ohio. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Brandon and what makes him tick.

When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?

I joined during Christmas break 2018. I joined due to boredom at the time but I soon wanted to write. I wrote a short story on fat shaming and then didn’t write until Christmas break 2019 oddly enough and have been loving it for this short time.

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

I joined about a month ago. I love writing and a publication where I can reach Christians is a blessing!

How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?

I have been writing for so long! I have just always loved it! I guess nothing really led me to it but ever since I started reading I wanted to write! I love everything about writing.

Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?

Nobody really, I base my writing off of stuff I read daily and enjoy. I base my phrasing off of articles I have read and have had a place in my brain since.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

I get ideas all from my head. Nothing really inspires me I guess haha. I base some of my ideas on life experiences but most come from my head. I like to think God drops those ideas in my head so I can share them with the world and enjoy my writing experience.

What do you like most / least about writing?

I love the ability to express myself and my feelings as being very shy makes doing that in person hard. I also love sharing my work and getting claps and comments makes me so excited!

What I like least is how long it takes. I feel like I just keep typing and typing and still my words aren’t all there haha. I guess I’m anxious to get it written.

How do you balance professional time with personal time?

I use any day that I don’t have homework to write. If I don’t want to write I won’t write. I don’t want to force myself. I barely opened Medium during midterms because I knew that wouldn’t be good for my writing or my grades.

What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?

I don’t have too much free time to read but I love to read Ida Adams, Bebe Nicholson, and Dean Rocheleau whenever I have the chance. I love Ida’s writing it’s so raw and honest.

What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?

Some of my favorite things include watching any game show in existence, listening to music, and working on my school work. Oddly enough when I get homework or an assignment from school I often see it as fun. I think of it as a chance to do so good and prove that I can do very good on a test, worksheet, or project. I think I’m very unique but it’s hard to put into words. I guess you could say that if you asked the average 16 year old boy what he likes he probably wouldn’t share even one answer that I mentioned.

Personal photo of Brandon Swader

How is your faith reflected in your writing?

My faith is very important to me and close to me. It’s also very simple. I pray to God like I talk to a friend. My writing is the same. It’s very calm and close feeling. I often put “:)” or “haha” in my writing and I don’t want it to feel very professional. I just want it to be 100% me!

What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?

I learned that I should be myself in my writing. I learned that while my style may be different and get less attention it is me and that’s what I want my writing to be. I learned the simple things like how to structure a sentence and how to show emphasis from other people’s writing.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

To be myself and share my faith or opinions with as many who will listen.

What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?

Be you! Don’t follow trends and write about what you want to write about. It’s way more rewarding than claps and fans at the end of the day.

Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?

I just use some social media accounts haha! But they are mostly vacant! Never been too big on social media. :)

Thanks, Brandon, for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today!

Stay tuned as we will be continuing our writer spotlight series with interviews of each of our other writers on Koinonia.

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