Writing as a Way of Thinking

When I discovered my slight addiction to writing, I realized I was so gripped by the safe invitation of blank paper staring back at me. It resembled an unassailable world for my thoughts. It is liberating to have an open space to think and create sentences flowing straight from your mind.

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A Mantra for Inner Safety

I’ve spent a lot of time and effort in my adult life looking for safe spaces, both internationally and around the US. I keep coming back to the truth that safety is something I carry inside of me wherever I go.

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Mistakes and Lessons Learned about Blogging

In June, I hit launch on my website. I was inexperienced and knew nothing about blogging, but I was happy. Even though there is no secret recipe for blogging success, I wanted to share some mistakes and lessons I learned from my first three months of blogging. 

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Writer Profile: Jacy Topps

Jacy Topps is a freelance writer based out of New York City and Atlanta. Her work focuses on feminism, relationships, mental health, race, culture, the LGBTQ community, and politics. You can find her work in Slate, Glamour, Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. When she’s not writing, you can find her enjoying a glass of wine and binge watching Lifetime movies.

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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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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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