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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Contributor
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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Brain Surgery

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?

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On Good Art

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.

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Elizabeth Moore
An Eight Hundred Words Gift Guide

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.

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Ashton Ray
On Academic Writing

I love writing creatively, sure, but academic writing has become where I have the most fun. It uses my strengths and challenges me in a way I didn’t know writing could, which likely freaks a lot of you out. Because, as much as I love academic writing, I know it’s simply a necessary evil for a lot of you.

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Ashton Ray
Day 94

In the midst of a move and a pile of life transitions, I decided to write 800 words every day for 100 days and what I learned was that it’s all about the process.

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Burnout

Like a cutting from an old plant placed into new soil, properly placed and cared for, I will survive. I will thrive. I will rise up.

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Skinned Knees

I pulled up her notes and saw long paragraphs about characters and setting and plot--way more notes than I was expecting. I instantly felt queasy. Because this wasn’t my first draft. I’d been working on this story on and off for years, and after several runs of revisions and critique partners, I finally felt like I was in a place where all I needed was some last-minute editing.

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