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How many of you are writers?

Every once in a while in the comments, one of you will mention something—a book or article—that you’re working on, and it just got me curious how many of you write, professionally or for pleasure. What’s your project at the moment? I’m eager to hear.

Posted on June 29th, 2017 132 Comments

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  1. c.w. says:

    I’m one. MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction. Short stories published. Working on a novel about the some of the first women rodeo riders––takes place in 1916 right before we entered WWI which changed women’s competition in rodeos––drastically. Prior to WWI they competed right along with the men only they wore divided skirts and white shirtwaists and high heeled boots with big (and I mean BIG) bows in their hair.

    • Heather says:

      That sounds amazing, all of it!

    • DeDe says:

      You kick so much ass, C-Dub.

      • Dana D says:

        Hey c.w….

        Me too! MFA in Creative Writing. Poetry. Working on submissions this summer, again. I have fun putting out a small poem on my instagram each Tuesday. (silly and small, I know, but keeps me committed to a writing goal)

        Also write editorials about public education and literacy.

        Kim, love this…

  2. Shannon says:

    I write and edit professionally, nothing creative though, mostly technical stuff.

  3. I’m one!
    So far, I have one book that came out a couple years ago: THE ART OF CRASH LANDING (Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins).

    I’ve been reading your blog for years–I cannot tell you how many purchases in my closet are a direct result of my love of this blog. Ha!

  4. MaryC says:

    Technical writer/editor here. I work for a large computer chip manufacturer and I work on manuals for our products (by engineers for other engineers). Like Shannon says, it’s not creative but I do use my skills to present information in more readable/useful ways, which I find rewarding.

  5. Heather says:

    I’m an academic, so I write stuff because I have to. I just finished an article on Jack London’s photography that should be out later this year, in an obscure journal that maybe 7 people will read. I also occasionally write creative nonfiction and literary travel writing. These sometimes get published here and there. Once I got to be in Best American Travel Writing!

    • Dana D says:

      OMG Heather, I was just at Jack London’s little cabin in Jack London Square in Oakland last night! Was there for a party and stopped by the cabin, remembering my favorite London short story (To Build a Fire) I will read your article!!!

      • Heather says:

        Oh cool! His farm in Sonoma is gorgeous too. If you’re interested in his photography, there’s a really good book called Jack London, Photographer by Jeanne Reesman et al. I’m also working on a creative essay on my father & Jack London.

  6. Susan Hiner says:

    I’m also an academic–French cultural studies. I wrote a book about 19th-c literature and fashion and now am working on a new book in the same general area.

    • Ellie says:

      Hey, me, too! 19th century French cultural history. I see you work on accessories—any suggestions for reading on men’s hats?

  7. Donna C says:

    I’m a writer and editor – I have done all kinds of writing (technical, web content, health/psychology) and had my first book published five years ago (poetry).

    Love your blog!

  8. Jennifer Kitses says:

    I just published my debut novel, SMALL HOURS (Grand Central). (Editing/writing is also my day job.) I love this blog, esp. the comments on posts like this, and have gotten so many great recs (thanks for helping me discover Everlane!).

  9. Denise Link says:

    For much of my career I was a technical writer, writing and editing online help for complex software, then for online corporate training. Now I’m retired, but I freelance edit a local magazine and my husband’s retirement project (a detective novel series).

  10. Heather says:

    TV for me — just fled LA after 16 godawfully sun-scorched years and am trying to become one of the very few TV drama writers based in NYC.

  11. When I was maybe 8 I wrote my first book “How to Become a Queen”. Always in my head I wanted to write although I went to school for art/painting. Never got anywhere with that. I’ve entered a contest or two-won a pair of pajamas from Benson and Hedges for a short story! When I turned 56 I started a blog and have found it to be one of the most satisfying things ever. I write for me. The posts are in my head, usually it’s just a case of letting them loose onto the computer. While it’s great fun to get feedback and it always surprises me when people say they read my posts, mostly it’s the ACT of putting words to paper (keyboard?) that makes me happy. I have fantasies of a national column, a book deal falling in my lap, magazine clamoring for my expertise, something along those lines, but for now I’m happy to just write and hit “publish” once a week or so. And I do love your blog. One of my favorites.

  12. Trixie says:

    Another TV writer here, based in L.A.. Once upon a time I was a playwright and maybe when I tap out in ten years or so I’ll go back to that.

  13. Claire says:

    Another academic here; I have a book coming out in the fall on environmental history at historic sites. My new project is about coastlines in Canada’s national iconography, and historical adaptations in coastal environments. Mostly as an excuse to get back to the shore (sigh. I live in Pennsylvania now.)

  14. Robin says:

    I am a professor of psychology and have written a textbook on developmental psychopathology. I hope the book has a more of a distinctive voice than most textbooks, conveying both information and compassionate concern. I’ve read your blog for years, love every post. My work clothes are much nicer because of you!

  15. joannawnyc says:

    Magazine journalism, book writing (non fiction), book editing, edit for friends, write every day in “journal” (I hate that word though), yeah I guess I could say I am.

    • Barbara Govednik says:

      Ha, I kinda hate that word, too, although I grudgingly use it. Along with “curate” and “journey” (not the band!)

  16. Lara says:

    Writer here. I’m a Creative Director at an ad agency in Chicago. I run a few national brands which entails helping my teams concept campaigns, write scripts, headlines, stunts, etc. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of work, and hella competitive. I discovered your blog from a friend at another agency in town who is also a writer!

  17. Anna says:

    I’m an advertising copywriter; I’ve done all sorts of commercial writing, in agencies, for in-house creative teams, and now I work with a design team.

    I’m working on a book to encourage more women to fly (I’m also a pilot). A sort of “girls’ guide to flying”.

    I love GOACA, and me and my coffee start every single day here!

  18. AmyM says:

    I have been an advertising/marketing copywriter for more than 20 years. I’ve primarily worked in corporate settings, with a 2-year stint as a full-time freelancer (found it too isolating). I recently returned to a company that I worked for previously, and was able to strike a deal that allows me to work from home two days a week.

  19. Kristin says:

    I am! Freelancer and I have my own site as well (under construction.) I’ve written for Marie Claire, ELLE, Refinery29, and currently working on an article for Women’s Health.

    Also, about to send my first book proposal out for representation. I’ve ghost written two books for other people, so it’s high time I do this for myself.

    I should mention that I owe you my career. 10 years ago, I was in a career I hated and miserable. I realized the only thing that made me happy was writing and reading Lucky. I sold my stuff, packed a suitcase and moved to NYC with $300 and three weeks on a friend’s couch to make it work. I kept the Lucky masthead in my purse for years. My greatest regret was that I never got a chance to write for you.

  20. I’ve been a full time writer for ten years now. I’ve published nine YA novels with Little Brown, Penguin, and Harper, and I also self-publish erotic romance (the money and control is a huge lure to Indie publishing). So I guess I’m what they now call a “hybrid author”. I’m currently working on a book project for a major TV network (can’t say which one because it hadn’t been announced yet). It’s a companion to a popular TV series (I’ve worked for them on similar projects in the past). Once this project is done I have a new adult novel due, plus a new YA with my agent, plus a non-fiction proposal (new and terrifying for me). So fun to hear about everyone’s projects!

  21. Robin says:

    I’m a writer for the in-house creative team at a large television network. I concept, write and produce promos for our programs.

  22. Love your blog, I recommend it all the time when people say ‘where did you get that?’ 🙂 I’m an advertising creative director half the time, the other half I’m a novelist — I write literary suspense, used to be with Simon & Schuster, now with Sourcebooks. my fourth novel comes out 8/29 —

  23. Tammy says:

    I have been a sports reporter for two decades, mainly covering college football, college basketball and auto racing. Also am doing some features and entertainment writing and copy editing for a city regional magazine.

  24. NWDCDiva says:

    Lawyer who has been *trying* to write a murder mystery for some years now but life and Candy Crush seem to get in the way. I’ve got an outline, developed the characters some — basically need to just sit and write it. I love this blog because (1) it gives me great ideas about clothes and has indeed kicked me out of my old rut, and (2) it is so nice to “meet” all these cool women. Thanks for asking about this, Kim!

  25. susan piver says:

    I’ve written 4 books about relationships, Buddhism, and meditation.

  26. y.k. says:

    like i need another reason to love this blog & community!

    I’m a former lawyer but I’ve written book reviews. some of my closest friends are writers -they are the best observers.

  27. Julie says:

    Been a journalist/magazine publisher for nearly 20 years, but now I’m in academia, which allows me to work on my own book at night. My first stab at fiction based on my formative years growing up in a Pentecostal church.

  28. Mimi says:

    I’m a retired journalist and editor. My first job, after graduating from college at 20, was as fashion editor of a big city newspaper. Followed that with freelance magazine journalism (Elle, Vogue, GQ, InStyle, Allure, the New York Times, remember Premiere?). After a divorce I was hired by the LA Times as fashion editor – health insurance! 401K! regular paycheck, YAY! I segued into feature writing after 3 years in fashion. As a generalist lucky enough to pursue story ideas I conceived, I wrote about architecture and interior design, psychology and urban anthropology (how we live), pop culture, advertising, business, marketing, technology, books and publishing. I loved the nurturing, mentoring aspect of editing. In the small Rocky Mountain resort town where I live now I launched a TV discussion group at the local library where we focus on one season of one series for 6 weeks and critique it much the way a book club scrutinizes a novel. The group has been fantastic. My role as facilitator draws on the sort of analytic skills that informed my writing and I get to champion great entertainment in this golden age of TV. I love this blog and its diverse community of terrific women.

  29. Natalie says:

    Ex journo, now work in media relations for the cops – meaning I write a lot but on very particular topics, in a very particular style. I also have an Australian football blog that is my baby.

  30. Hodgko says:

    I’m a writer! Journalism school in Canada, served as fashion editor for a Canadian apparel trade pub, then a move to a small town where I became a reporter for the local paper. Since having a child and growing our family business, I took over what I like to call “the recipe column” from the women who wrote it for 56 (!) years. It’s a weekly gig and keeps my skills sharp. I also fill in for the reporter who replaced me when he goes on vacation.
    Though I still consider myself a journalist, the bulk of my work is now in PR. Writing press releases, haranguing all my former colleagues and of course, social media content. I’m straddling a few worlds in a way that can only be done in a small community.

  31. Jill says:

    Magazine journo, writing for as long as I still have a job (which does not seem that much longer TBH). Trying to figure out how to make a living next. And thanks for doing a post on shorts!

  32. Amanda says:

    I’m a PhD student in education research, so I write a lot. This school year I’m hoping to write more collaboratively with a research team. Most of my academic writing has always been a solo venture, so I’d like to see where a group effort could take a big research idea.

  33. Rachael says:

    Ex-newspaper reporter with a passion for creative nonfiction before leaving to raise four kids. Now essayist and blogger with a passion for short stories. Still raising four kids. Loved Sassy when I was a teen growing up in rural Nevada; wished I’d kept my copies to share with my own daughter.

  34. Robyn says:

    *raises hand* I wrote a guide to camping in Colorado years ago, then spent 15 years in marketing and development for a non-profit org. Now at age 48 I’m switching gears again and starting a food blog. It’s scary to jump into the unknown at this stage, but also pretty exhilarating!

  35. Kay says:

    I’m a TV writer/producer, 20 plus years in the biz. Taking time off currently to have a life. Based in LA, but currently in beautiful Colorado exploring the scenery with my Labradoodle, Cooper, and my best friend, Margot. For the record, I think yours is one of my favorite procrastination sites! I can easily squander 15 minutes wandering through your posts and links. For example, you posted an Italian photographers work with beautiful buildings and pantone color strips held in the foreground. I enjoyed those so much that I contacted the photographer who lives in a little village in Northern Italy. I suggested that there may be a market for his work and I would definitely be the first buyer. See how this works? You give me a link and I can turn it into a full day’s activity. Writing be damned. Keep up the good work!

  36. K says:

    Trying, trying, trying every day. Two weeks ago I published what may well turn out to be the pinnacle of my writing “career”:

  37. Ruth Harris says:

    Long-time NYC editor and publisher (Bantam, Dell, Kensington). NYT bestselling author (Random House, S&S, St. Martin’s). Now epubbing and working on a new book to follow THE CHANEL CAPER, about a long-married couple who are facing 60—and each other. 🙂

  38. Maggie says:

    I’m another ex-journalist from the newspaper world (covered cops, then business, then arts & entertainment) who has moved into the corporate world. Over the last 10 years, I’ve done PR, marketing and now internal communications. All told, I’ve spent 17 years of my career writing. I do have to give a plug to the late great Sassy Magazine, as it inspired me to pursue writing professionally!

    • Rebecca says:

      I will join you on that plug! Sassy inspired me to apply to college in NYC, and later stay to work in magazines/early online media. After a brief hiatus (moving, baby, the sinking boat of print journalism), I found my way back into writing. I now work for a small gift/publishing company, writing and editing.

      Also I’m now based in LA, and it seems like there are a lot of us here. Who’s up to meet?

  39. Nicole says:

    I am a textile designer/writer. Just moved from NYC to Seattle–Primarily working on a memoir… it’s hard work!

  40. Barbara Govednik says:

    Former corporate/marketing comms writer.
    Current editor/content strategist for small businesses.
    Avid haiku creator every April for National Poetry Month
    Novelist of a book I’ve rewritten at least 8 times, including last pass with a really good editor,yet it languishes on my hard drive.
    Author of a 1995 humor book you can still scrounge up on Amazon “Are We There Yet and 99 Other Reasons Not to Have Kids”

  41. angie says:

    Another academic, working on a short article about teaching settler colonialism to k-12 students. PhD in Ethnic Studies with focus on Native feminisms.

  42. Bex says:

    Hmmm…. Does blogging count? I occasionally blog about my experiences growing up in a crazy fundamentalist church. If you click on my name, the link is there. I don’t make any money from it. It’s purely therapeutic.

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      After having been eaten alive by a group of fundamentalists, I empathize. I’m clicking on your link, Bex!

  43. SFH says:

    Also an academic, working on two pieces. A book on Kerouac and Buddhism, and a book chapter on religious themes in Wes Anderson movies.

  44. Sara C. says:

    Does lawyerly writing count? I’m an environmental attorney, and spend most of my days writing briefs and comment letters.

  45. Carolyn says:

    I write about health and wellness, mostly for the website Healthline. Mostly features and news stories

  46. jean says:

    Wrote a simple ebook on blogging basics-available on Amazon…

    Am working on a book, part memoir, part how-to on how to clean house without going crazy.

  47. Michele says:

    I’ve always wanted to write but haven’t really done it. A year and a half ago, when my 22 year marriage dissolved and I started dating, I started writing about my experiences and sharing it with my friends. It’s been absolutely wonderful to write about things (fucking!) that women my age just don’t seem to talk about much. My friends love reading about my dating experiences and I love writing about this incredible stage of my life. So satisfying!

  48. MariaO says:

    I’m an academic, a scientist, so writing is a major part of my job.

    I write scholarly articles, grant proposals, reviews.

    I’m currently revising my book chapter on the evolution of sex, focusing on genetic recombination.

  49. Sydny Miner says:

    Writer, editor, book doctor. Writing as a ghost mostly.

  50. I’m a children’s book author/illustrator with three books published.

    Love your site so much!

  51. Sara says:

    I work in PR, which is mostly writing these days, and have been working on a collection of personal essays for years. Have had a few published, and have also had blogs since forever. Am constantly trying to will myself to be a consistent blogger, but alas, I have lacked the commitment to date. I think it’s partially because I have so many interests that I’ve never been willing to dedicate myself to just one topic. Maybe I’ll get there some day. In the meantime, here’s my claim to fame:

  52. Max Daniels says:

    I write a monthly column on self-care for the Mason-Dixon Knitting website. And I’m at work on a book about how to end binge eating and overeating. It’s not my bread and butter, but I do love to write.

  53. Erica says:

    Another academic for your roster. I work on global public health, health equity stuff, anthropological and historical research. Ive written about previous sexual health projects I’ve been involved in (Latin America focused) and now gearing up for my first stint as a journal editor. I’ve just finished a two year course in creative writing but not much to show for it (or, at least, not a finished novel).

  54. KimFrance says:

    I knew this place was crawling with writers! What an inspiring crew you are.

    • farha says:

      Kim, You’ve inspired so many of us of a certain
      age! I don’t think I would
      have every considered doing academic research on shopping before this site.

  55. Prof says:

    Colonial America History professor here. Two published books (on NC and GA) and a third manuscript (on MD) sent to the press. I look at the generation that lived through the switch from a class- based hierarchy to one based on skin color.
    I look with awe at y’all who write blogs or for the press. I work on a project for many years before anyone sees a word!

  56. LMM says:

    I’m a writer – currently work for a major newspaper where I write about how our audience responds to big stories (it’s a bit meta, yes) but also about running and fitness. I did a piece about running in Cuba after I vacationed there; more recently I wrote a piece about running a marathon while 20 weeks pregnant.

    I’ve got a lot of freelance work from years past floating about on the interwebs as well. Probably the best known is this one that I wrote about my boyfriend’s death when we were in our 20s:

  57. A says:

    A million years ago I edited a literary and visual arts journal, and a couple of poetry anthologies. Now I’m writing about living in Paris with my family.

  58. SC says:

    Ha. Birds of a feather…

    I write film/ tv too.

  59. Deborah says:

    Me too! I’m a writer for a university, working on major marketing campaigns, materials, and publications — and I serve as the content manager of our website. I’ve been writing my entire life and have never stopped.

    I love seeing this huge community of writers who are all fans of the same site. It’s like a secret society of writers right under our noses. 🙂

  60. Mae says:

    I write solely for my own pleasure, though it’s not always pleasurable. I’m wack, I know.

  61. jen says:

    In addition to the occasional short article around the topics of finding one’s purpose and the job search, I write resumes, LinkedIn summaries and cover letters (I especially love cover letters!)

  62. Bethany says:

    I love that so many people here are writers! My tribe!

    I published my first book in April, WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SOLOMONS (Grove Atlantic). I have to say, it’s been quite a ride. Judy Blume endorsed it in the NYT not too long ago!

    Love this blog SO much. I check it absolutely every day.

  63. Lynn says:

    I hesitate to call what I do writing, but my husband and I work together on a humble little blog that chronicles our adventures in the city (and on our occasional travels). The blog is a love letter of sorts, because we’ve lived other places but have never felt like we belonged. We moved here later in life, which was a difficult but rewarding decision. And now that we’re here, we can’t stop gushing about it. Maybe the novelty will eventually wear off, but until then the blog seems like the perfect outlet!

  64. Another Prof says:

    I’m a social scientist; I study and write about adolescents’ and young adults’ experiences with violence. No books–I write journal articles and research proposals.

    I love this site!

  65. Lisa says:

    Am I the only one asking themselves, once, twice, three times, “Well am I? Does 1 article in the LA Times when I was 25, 9 years of a blog, various web pieces for other bloggers/online outlets, does that count?”

    How about, I write sentences every day? Other people read them. Sometimes I write paragraphs, other people read them too. But in my mind Being A Writer comes down to getting paid – and that hasn’t happened unless for a sponsored post. Or it comes down to, as a stretch goal, to being printed. Which other than data sheets about software services, just the article in the LAT.

  66. Stefani says:

    I am… of sorts. My background is cosmetics. I write training manuals, training programs, sales sheets, product packaging, web copy etc. for skincare brands. I used to do it in the corporate world starting at Sephora and then Benefit Cosmetics… now, I freelance. To make enough money to live on, I also write ABM emails, tweets, and infographics for high tech companies. Thanks for asking. 🙂

    Excited to read your book!

  67. ren says:

    Sort of. Contributing writer for a comic book company. Worked on humor books as main writer (“Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Geek Chic” nerdy girl fashion!) and contributing writer on others. Generate daily humor content and write calendars and the like. But I guess actually writing a comic book is next.

  68. Jenn Barger says:

    Yep, writer, Longtime editor and journalist at the Washington Post and other mags; laid of and went to a think tank a year ago. Still doing fun articles on the side and starting a non-fiction book.

  69. Nancy says:

    I have no background in writing-only an idea from childhood that I would one day be a writer. Time was running out so I started doing blogs for my adult children and anyone else who cared to read them. My latest is

    Though I’m more of a certain age than you are, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for years. One of my posts (3/26/2017) is about Fran Leibowitz-a columnist I enjoyed from Mademoiselle Magazine way back in the 70’s-who you might know.

  70. Kate says:

    Yup! I write TV shows in Toronto. Have a broadcast journalism degree.

  71. Nava says:

    Also, a writer: novelist, screenwriter, playwright…
    Your blog is what I turn to when I need a break.

  72. Yet another prof says:

    Another academic. I’m a women’s historian, working on my second book. It’s a history of US feminism in the 1990s. Love the blog and really appreciate you.

  73. Sharona says:

    Former technical writer (manuals and online help for non-technical and semi-technical software users). Am amazed and impressed how many here write.

  74. Franced says:

    I am writing an academic article on Spanish detective novels

  75. Liz says:

    MFA fiction, some published stories and essays, and a novel-in-progress set in 1975 NYC and 1987 Sedona. Day job is in marketing and branding. So awesome to see all the literary women here.

  76. Francine says:

    Wow, no wonder all the comments are always creative and well written!

    I run my own communications firm and am the chief writer. Tons of marketing content plus blogs, articles, collateral galore, all in the tech space. And all ghostwritten 🙁

    Oodles of ideas to write something else. One day.

    I overheard my 12 year old tell his friend that “My mom is a writer,” and I wanted to cry. Loved it.

  77. Ann says:

    I’m a TV and film writer. I’ve been doing it professionally for 17 years but at the moment I write on BETTER CALL SAUL (by far the best job I’ve ever had). Still trying to write features as well but hard to do both at the same time.

    BTW, I love, love your blog.

  78. Kyla says:

    Writing picture books and YA books and sending them out – but nothing published yet. While I wait I’m working on a zine/chapbook about things I find at thrift stores. Feels good to physically make something and put it out in the world.

  79. Karishma Upadhyay says:

    I am an entertainment journalist in Mumbai, India. Bollywood is what I write about on most days. I am also working on my first book and I am terrified.

    • farha says:


      That sounds so interesting! I hope to make it to Mumbai in 2019.

      I’m a sociologist who writes primarily for academia.
      My second book is on South Asian American women
      and shopping!
      I’m trying to meld my interests and explore how politics and
      intersectionality shape consumption patterns.

      you’ve inspired many of us!

      • Karishma says:

        hiya Farha,

        your second book sounds mad interesting. i know that south asian women are obsessed with shopping. loads of luck with the book.

  80. I write a daily journal on photography ( have for 10 years…on a good day, I can get a high from feeling like you’ve written something well, and other days, feel less inspired.

  81. Tiffany says:

    How amazing. I’m a copywriter/editor by trade and am just finishing a Masters of Creative Writing …

  82. Another Rebecca says:

    Trained as a journalist, MFA in fiction, writing stories/novel. Though if I’m honest, I spend most of my time teaching college students how to write.

  83. Cora says:

    I’m a translator (English – German), does that count? I translate TV-shows, movies, travel guides and the occasional book, come to think of it I may have translated some of the shows some of the girls in this thread wrote – amazing. I haven’t worked on my stuff lately (meaning: I’ve been stuck for the last two years), because I have too much work, which is a good thing, but also very exhausting.

  84. irene says:

    retired technical writer about statistics, law and accounting

    Now creative writing with a small group

  85. Liza B Wyles says:

    I’m a writer/producer (branded content) with a side hustle writing personal essays for the parenting site, Romper. I’ve been published in two anthologies – one humor, one parenting – and I’m working on reinventing myself as a screenwriter… at 45. Your site feels like a safe space to share that detail, Kim! Love reading you.

  86. Cara says:

    Just finishing my graduate degree in science writing.

  87. Jenny says:

    Another academic here! My book on water spectaculars just came out!

  88. Suju says:

    Wrote and directed an indie feature. Written some scripts for hire. About to go out and flog a TV pilot written with a a partner.

  89. Karin says:

    I’m a former magazine editor for over 25 years who quit a month the 2008 crash to start an editorial services business, ha ha. Oh, if only I’d waited a month and been laid off like everyone else I worked with and gotten 6 weeks of severance plus paid assistance finding a new job!

    Anyway, the print magazines who were going to be our foundational clients all folded, so now we are “content providers” i.e. have to defend why clients should use US to write blogs, instead of using a “content farm where we can get an article for $50” (actual discussion with our biggest client last week).

    I *miss* being an editor so much. I never wanted to be a writer – I like being in charge, seeing the big picture, etc.

    On the plus side, I was always nice to writers on my way up, so I like to think my karma is paying off now that I’m on the bottom of the ladder as a lowly writer. I work from home (LOVE IT) so I have flexible hours and while I can’t afford to choose my clients, I am learning a lot about new things.

    I love reading inside scoops on magazines, so I can’t wait for your book!

  90. Hick from Styx says:

    Former news reporter assigned to the oil beat at a daily paper in the northern frontier. Yep, barely over a hundred pounds of me dealing with oil workers, flying on bush planes to remote camps, traipsing through snow up to my waist, etc., and i have the frostbite scar to prove it. The placenames up there all started with “Fort”.

    Switched to lifestyle writing and feature writing at a daily newspaper in the big city — not a philosophical choice. I needed wisdom teeth surgery and the city had surgeons. I had $50 to my name after paying for it, and realized that would be the way of my life, living hand to mouth, if I went back. So I didn’t.

    Glad I got to be part of that place and time. Much of that history burned to the ground in a massive fire recently.

    I still remember walking down the street in the middle of the day and nearly being hit by a man who was literally airborne after being tossed out the door of a tavern by two bouncers. It was one heck of a place, with trappers and a riverboat captain from the final days of the river sternwheeler. Silence of the North and all that.

  91. Lara says:

    How wild is this, so many writers here! Me too — several n-f books, two novels, another nearly done. Now doing a PhD at an Australian university. Abiding interest is to bring awareness to the unnecessary suffering women undergo regarding the menstrual cycle and menopause due to lack of research, lack of education, and poor/indifferent medical practices. Currently researching menstrual workplace policies (yes, there are a few) and menstrual cups. Love this blog and check it daily. It’s a quick hit of womanly intelligence, wit and style that always makes me smile. Thanks!

  92. kim says:

    I’m an academic physician, so my writing is primarily grants and medical journal articles, primarily focused on intimate partner violence and adolescent relationship abuse. Just submitted a proposal for a new article type in a particular journal, along with what will hopefully be the first article in this new series. The series will focus on physician experiences with advocacy, but from a real-world, here’s-what-went-right/wrong-and-how-we-dealt-with-that perspective instead of being a research piece. Fingers crossed the editors like it!

  93. Jenny Katz says:

    Songwriter here. (Also nonprofit marketing writer.) Tried writing novels for years before I realized that songs were the right size for the stories I had to tell. I just released my second album, this one for children; if you have any babies-through-five-year-olds (or so) in your life, you can download Dandelion Baby for free at (or stream it on Spotify/iTunes). I’m not trying to make any money on this album; I just want kids to be singing all over the place.

  94. Emily says:

    Comedy writer for TV (Inside Amy Schumer, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, other things.) I love this blog. Also, I know there was a Sassy post a while back and I missed commenting on but, while we’re talking about writing– I was a young teen when Sassy was really hitting and it made a big impact on both my sister and I. The voices in it made me feel cool, sane, and proud of being a girl. Also, it was genuinely funny! I still remember lines from articles, particularly one where someone asked in an advice column: “I heard I should push my pores UP when I wash, and then DOWN when I rinse– Is that true?” and the answer was just: “No. Your pores are not venetian blinds.” SOLID JOKE. Anyways, this blog feels similarly inclusive, smart, fun and witty. I love your writing. Thank you so much for it. Eagerly awaiting your book.

  95. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m not a writer…yet. But dang, I want to be! I’ve had some very minor blurbs that I wrote as a contributor to a feature published in several popular magazines. But I’ve allowed fear of failure to stop me from pursuing writing. As I heard the brilliant and talented Paula Cole sing last night in her song, “Me”…

    “And it is me who is my enemy
    Me who beats me up
    Me who makes the monsters
    Me who strips my confidence”

    You all give me a lot of encouragement! XOX

  96. radiogrl1 says:

    I’m a broadcast journalist by profession, but I resurrected a dormant blog in May when my husband of 31 years decided he wanted out and left me. I’m a pretty good writer when I’m pissed off. I’m interested in seeing how good I am when things cool down.

  97. Kathy Brooks says:

    Glad to be among so many writers! I’m another former ink-stained wretch (laid off) who transitioned into corporate communications before yet another nosedive in Sept. 2008 (yep, fun times!) Since then, I’ve written profiles of celebrities, visionaries and businesses for four coffee-table books, and articles for a lumber trade magazine. Currently juggling part-time PR for a nonprofit, clothes sales at J. Jill and lumber writing. Would make a joke about wooden writing, but I do try to produce interesting, well-written articles.

  98. Ellie says:

    So fabulous to see so many fellow writers and academics here. Good company.

  99. maryn says:

    Another! I started as a newspaper reporter but have been a magazine writer for 10 years, on science, medicine and public health. My third book, on how we came to give antibiotics to most of the meat animals on the planet and how we discovered that was a terrible idea, comes out in September:

  100. Sam says:

    As everyone else has said, it’s extraordinary to discover that so many of your readers are also writers. Me too: spent 20 years as an ad writer/creative director and the last 10 as a freelance writer (initially advertising, now more long form writing on science and technology). But my true love/hate is fiction: I’ve written one terrible novel (unpublished), one mediocre novel (unpublished), and am sort of at work on a third. (I seem to be avoiding working on it more than anything else, however, and am currently indulging in one of my favorite forms of procrastination: your blog!)

  101. Rachel in Portland says:

    One more! I am an academic editor and writer to pay the bills, but I write about Portland, Oregon for fun and to keep my name in print while I wrestle with fiction. And I agree with Sam that reading this blog is one of my favorite forms of procrastination!

  102. Amy says:

    I’m late to the party but enjoyed reading every entry. I’m a songwriter & musician working at being the other kind of writer – my respect and admiration for all of you putting words down on paper, screen, wherever. After blogging for years (a kind of ramshackle MFA?) I’ve spent the last half decade working on a memoir which I think I’ve found a publisher for. Kim wrote (wonderfully) about me and my music back in the 90s and I cheered when I saw the first Lucky on a newsstand, then waited every month for a new issue . I spend way too much time loving her blog and am proud to be part of the tribe!

  103. Alexa says:

    I’m so late with this, but I’ll leave it here anyway. I write for pleasure. I’ve belonged to various writing groups for years, as much for the chance to spend time with other “bookish” types as anything else. Professionally, except for a short stint as a financial reporter, I’ve always been writer-adjacent, not the writer myself: bookstore employee, library tech, researcher, editor.

  104. Achariya says:

    I’m a hockey journalist, so I write nonfiction stories about young sports-playing men every day. It’s not a bad midlife crisis hobby.

  105. Elle says:

    Yes! NY Times op-eds and columns – on nature. It’s a niche

  106. Candy says:

    Wow, what an amazing group of women. Add one more to the laid off-newspaper-journalist heap. Spent last several years doing health writing for a large nonprofit until laid off again, along with a group of other 50-plus co-workers. Don’t let anyone tell you ageism is a thing of the past. Love love love this site, from Kim’s awesome daily links and clothes picks, to the smart comments from her readers.

  107. Amy says:

    I do ghostwriting, mostly web content. Usually related to websites, but with some occasional other topics. I started my own blog several months ago, just to be able to write under my own name.