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What’s the worst advice you’ve ever heard a writer give someone?
“You can’t do it.” Those are the four most defeating words you could ever tell someone. Sure, it might be hard, but no one can ever stop you from trying. If you want it, GO FOR IT!
When you sold your first piece of writing, how did you celebrate?
Hmmm, well, my first major piece of writing appeared in Redbook in 2007, and I remember when the editor called to tell me they’d accepted the piece. I was shocked and didn’t expect it at all. The issue came out in July, and my mom and I walked up to the gas station to buy a copy. It was a ridiculously hot day and we couldn’t even wait until we got home to open the magazine. We sat on the sizzling pavement and read it...one of my greatest writing memories, since I always want to make my mom proud with my writing.
Is there any writing that you’ve published that you feel the most partial to? Why?
The Redbook is a favorite, of course, and I also love my xoJane pieces. Those are some of the most honest writing I’ve ever done and they were so well received. As I was reading the comments, I couldn’t believe how many people could identify with my story.
What's something you've experienced a lot of growth in within your profession?
Technology, definitely. It’s where the industry is headed, and it’s changing the way people write, gather news, find sources, etc. People are living their lives online these days, and the media must change to reflect that if it wants to stay relevant.
You’ll do OK. I know it seems so overwhelming now, but in 10 years, you’re going to have a pretty good head on your shoulders. And a lot of people are going to know your innermost thoughts.
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