The work of a good writer is a sleight of hand. A discerning eye. A hunch for the right turn of phrase. It is part training, part gift.
I once heard in a documentary that a person’s sentence structure is more unique than their own fingerprint. The way we arrange words and the descriptors we join together with nouns is a monument to who we are, and who we hope to be.
In this spirit of awe and respect for the many stories that make up life, I set out to tell the stories of others as a journalist.
Early in my career, I prioritized travel and volunteer opportunities over a linear path to gaining experience in my field. I interned for a non-profit human rights law firm in Washington D.C. before moving back to the Northwest and over to North Carolina to volunteer with a small church community in Raleigh. Traveling both coasts of the United States fed my curiosity and desire to write while providing opportunities to bring client stories to life.
I’ve aided several business leaders of corporate entities with their books as well as a globe-trotting personal flight attendants. I’ve worked in coffee shops as a barista, once at a chocolate shop, as a marketer, and even in retail before settling into the truth that the written word is my true love.
All of these experiences multiplied my power as a writer. They taught me to live with breadth and risk and vulnerability, to take each step as a lesson, and to slow down enough to get caught up in someone else’s story.
Robert McKee says that “Stories are the currency of human relationships.” This is what I love most about being a writer. Honoring a good story by bringing it to life is how I help my clients become authors.