On Pausing

While the publishing industry is absolutely a business, it is still an art, and that means the straight lines aren’t always straight or connected or even lines at all. And people “higher up the ladder” are really just a little farther west on this giant landscape of a million places to go.

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Balance

Day after day, I pour energy into telling stories that aren’t mine, often with words that aren’t quite mine either. My stories take form through interviews and quotes. Often I’m writing about the world around me through someone else’s lens. It’s easy to lose myself when part of being a journalist is keeping my voice out of a story while finding a unique way to tell it. 

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Read, Read, and Read Some More

If you are an aspiring writer, one of the first pieces of advice you will hear from other writers and industry folk is read, read, and read some more… The advice makes sense. Of course, if you want to write you have to read. Only an idiot would argue the opposite. But, for me, the wisdom behind it remained a mystery for a long time. 

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Writer Profile: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are the best-selling authors of royal romance The Royal We, and the young adult novels Spoiled and Messy. They are the editors-in-chief and co-founders of the long-running, popular celebrity-fashion website Go Fug Yourself. They both reside in Los Angeles.    

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Ashton Ray
Talk It Out: How I Overcame Writer’s Block

It creeps up your spine until it rests comfortably like a weight on your hands and a fog on your mind. Writer’s block can lock the most talented writer in a tailspin of self-doubt, frustration and anxiety, so I shouldn’t have been so surprised to know that I wasn’t immune to the experience, either.

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Writer Profile: Blythe Roberson

We’re back with another writer profile! Today, we are hanging out with Blythe Roberson. Blythe is a writer and comedian whose work has been published by The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Onion, ClickHole, VICE Magazine, and others. She is the author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men (which Ashton read and loved).

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Ash & Liz's Favorite Writers to Follow

There may be a lot of talk about how social media is turning our brains to trash, but we’ve both found that, when used well, it can be a place of encouragement and inspiration. In light of that, we wanted to share with you the accounts that inspire our writing lives in hopes that they can inspire yours, too.

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Ashton Ray
Writer Profile: Jamie Tworkowski

But the biggest lesson i've learned, with book one and now with book two, is that it's one thing to say you're writing a book and it's another thing to actually see it through. It's going to require discipline and consistency.

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Writer Profile: Hannah Orenstein

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.

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Elizabeth Moore
Write What You Need

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.

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A Freelance Writing Guide

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.

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