As many of you know, in my day job I am a writer and editor for a national Catholic magazine. I've been managing editor for three years now, and unfortunately I do more managing than editing lately--and even less writing. Thankfully I do a fair amount of freelance writing, too.
I'm not going to say that I always dreamed of being a writer (though I did start a neighborhood newspaper with my sister when I was about 10). And I have no desire to write fiction. I wanted to become a writer because I saw it as a way to influence how other people think (and to make them think), hopefully about important things that really matter. That's what led me to cover religion and spirituality.
People often come to me for advice on how to become a writer. and answer is simple: write. Too many people, I think, are enamored with the idea of being a writer. They don't really want to write--which is actually quite a bit of hard work. I love the gathering of information, interviewing people, then organizing all that information and finally putting it in a format that is understandable and attractive to busy readers. Whether it's writing my own article or coordinating an entire issue of U.S. Catholic, I find it immensely satifsying.
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my articles that are out there on the web:
- "Owning unearned white priviledge," an essay in National Catholic Reporter.
- "What Ethiopians are hungry for," a photo story in U.S. Catholic.
- "Who framed Mary Magdalene" (way before the DaVinci Code!) in USC.
- A profile of my friend and yoga teacher Lourdes Paredes.
- "A church at the crossroads" in Sojourners magazine.