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We are beyond thrilled to launch the 800 Words Writer Profiles! In these profiles, we interview published authors with a full-time writing career, asking them about their writing process, advice, fun facts, and everything in between!
Our first profile is Hannah Orenstein, a writer and editor in New York.
Connection to my emotions, connection to myself, connection to my identity as a writer that doesn’t change whether I’m writing blogs or choruses. I write a song and play the hell out of it for the next week, because that’s what I need.
You worked hard on that post, so let’s get it in front of some eyeballs. Here are 3 things you should do every time you post a blog.
When I majored in journalism, I didn’t exactly know what life after college would look like. But a class assignment my senior year quickly developed into writing for a local magazine, and my freelance writing career sort of grew by accident.
In May I finished the first full draft of my book. It was rough. So very rough.
To reference the cliché, many people would look at a major in English and think, “Well, it’s not brain surgery.” But what if it is? What if threading together words to form a mindful piece of writing is equivalent to weaving suture string through a wound or repairing a hemorrhage in the brain?
We are more alive when we’re creating because it’s part of who we are. In a way, we are meta-creators, created-beings that come alive when we are creating, fulfilling a limitless potential within all of us.
I’m a writer. It has taken me months, even years, since I began writing to claim that. I felt that I needed to earn the title…
These are some holiday book recommendations from your Eight Hundred Words duo, some of which I imagine both of us will return to in our own holiday reading escapades.
Liz and I decided to curate a list of gifts for people like us, the writers, readers, word nerds, and wanna-be-Brits. If you have a friend that falls in any of those categories, here’s a list of gift ideas to get you started on your search. OR, if you’re the friend that falls into any or all of those categories, here’s a list that you can send to the people you know are looking to get you a gift.
I’ve been stunned by the power of persistent prayer--the unseen mystery of talking to God, of asking for the desires of your heart but holding them with an open hand, of receiving gifts that are beyond your wildest dreams and realizing they are yours, not because you deserve it, but because you simply asked.
For the last few years I’ve been making a conscious effort to increase my personal awareness of race in America. I’ve written about it a few times, but this is a conversation that needs to continue. And it’s Black History Month, so I’m going to talk about it again.
Like most people I meet, if I hear a certain songs, I get instantly transported to different moments in my past. An unfortunate number of these memories have to do with guys, some with deep sadness or immense joy, and some are just memories of driving to school. There are so many songs and albums that I’ll love, or hate, forever because of what they bring up. Here are some of them.
I’m not an expert on this city by any means (I have the credibility of a long-term tourist), but New York has been the backdrop to significant moments I don’t want to forget. The river is rushing past, leaving barely enough time to savor the sweetness, saltiness, or whiskey-sour-ness of a moment until it’s gone. So, as a three-month-old rookie to this city, here are a few places of significance so far.
During my first week at Oxford, I did what any Narnia and Hobbit loving human would do---I walked my literary ass to the Eagle and Child.
I can’t help but wonder if all of my twenties will be defined by these years containing so much change it’s hard to concept.
Here are some of the parts of twenty-three that made getting to twenty-four worth it.
But how? How does one get a job in publishing when it seems impossible to get your foot in the door? Well, there’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy, but here are a few tips that might be helpful.
This is the time of year where my toes are enduringly cold and always a bit damp. But even in the bite of cold, something glows. I’m more aware of warmth and safety than ever before.
The first time I felt fat, I was five years old.