1. Should writers be encouraged to write for one place or for a wide variety of different places?
---One of the terrific things about writing for various kinds of places is that when I simply can’t write for one venue, I’ll write for another; it’s something I suggest every writer try to cultivate in terms of her own work. This way you give yourself no excuses not to write, and that—finally and ultimately—is what separates the amateur from the professional. I’m usually working on a longer project at all times—for example, I just published a collection titled Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (or Not) for the University Press of New England—so when I couldn’t sit down and write something new, I could always “play” with the collection, either in terms of working with one of the 28 contributors or drafting a press release (with Laura Rossi Totten, my friend and publicist). If I have an idea for a longer piece, I can write that even while I’m doing a blog for Psychology Today or an article for Principal Leadership. One helps the others along. I love writing with Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post because we laugh throughout the whole conversation, but I get jealous when he writes with other women. It’s a trade-off.
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