Writing Category

How to Maintain a Writing Schedule as a New Mom

As a new mom of twin girls (yup, two babies), the hardest thing — besides the sleep deprivation — is keeping up with my paid and passion writing projects. I’m still learning the ropes of how to do this, but I found that finding another writer mom has been super helpful. I asked my friend […]

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Snag the Feb/March 2016 Issue of Bust Magazine!

One of the very first pieces I ever wrote was for Bust magazine back in 2007 about young women who wanted to become nuns. It’s one of my favorite independent magazines and I always enjoy writing for them. In the Feb/March 2016 issue with The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams on the cover, I wrote a […]

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Two Veg Editors Share What They Want to See From Food Writers

My colleague at VegNews magazine, Aurelia d’Andrea, founded Swell! Magazine, an online magazine focused on “eco-friendly travel, healthy eating, creative self-care, guilt-free relaxation-and-pampering tips, and inspiration from other women leading creative, compassionate lives.” Aurelia recently interviewed myself and Vegetarian Times food editor Mary Margaret Chappell about what we look for when we’re searching for new food writers for our […]

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Check Out the New Issue of Good Housekeeping!

I’m excited to share that a piece I wrote in the January 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping is out on newsstands right now. I interviewed Patrice Banks, a fascinating woman who is set to launch a mostly female-run mechanic shop called Girls Auto Clinic. Her story is in the Real Life section, and I’m really […]

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Depression Shouldn’t Be Shameful

For the past few months I’ve been researching and interviewing Asian American college students and mental health professionals for an article that was recently published by Pacific Standard. (If you don’t know their work, they cover a wide range of fascinating topics from science to health. And I’m not just saying that because I write […]

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#DreamComeTrue: My First Article for O Magazine

In Amy Schumer’s brilliant sketch “Fight Like a Girl,” she says that women can’t deny the authority of therapy and/or Oprah, and she’s damn right. As a freelance writer, I have a list of my dream magazines that I would be thrilled to write for, and now I have my byline in one of them — O: […]

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Behind the Scenes of My BuzzFeed Video

Back in January 2015, I wrote Why I Don’t Want My Miscarriage to Stay Secret, for BuzzFeed. The response was astounding. Hundreds of comments, tweets, Facebook messages later, I decided to try to put together a miscarriage anthology as a resource for the many women who experience pregnancy loss. A few months after the essay was […]

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The Most Frequently Asked Freelance Writing Questions

Some times I get questions from aspiring writers about how to make it as a writer. I thought this post would be helpful to share the most frequently asked questions I get and answer them here. 1. Can I make money as a writer? Yes. I do make my living from freelance writing and editing. […]

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Some Writing Truths Told in GIFs

What I Feel Like When Someone Asks Me To Write For Free What People Think I Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor What I Actually Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor What It Feels Like When Something I’ve Written Is Published What I Tell Myself When Pitching an Editor What It Feels Like […]

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Interview with Debut Nonfiction Author Alexis Coe

I first met writer Alexis Coe when I lived in the Bay Area and our mutual friend set us up to meet. I’m usually not expecting much on blind friend dates, but Alexis and I hit it off. (I think it also helped that we are both obsessed with our dogs.) Alexis wrote her first […]

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