Becca Cipriani - Literary Intern
Writer. Editor. Co-creator of two sons. Wakes up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the show) and I debuted in media the same year. Since then, I've written piles of articles (bios, lifestyle, health, celeb, book and movie reviews), ghostwritten books, copyedited and content edited a PODS' worth of manuscripts and articles, and marketed for book and magazine publishers. I even taught writing for a few years.
What I've observed:
• Good writing is learned—learned. Learn. Ed. Through practice and more practice. Knock, knock. Who's there? Practice, dear people. Boost your score by reading excellent writing too.
• Get thee some feedback. Beta readers and CPs—if you don't yet know these two terms, ask Uncle Google. Bonus: feedback brings fellowship with other writers. You don't have to write in a void; instead, celebrate and struggle with other shiny, happy people.
Please do the above two. At least a quarter of the fiction and nonfiction manuscripts I've edited should have been just articles or short stories. They lacked meat and an urgency to keep reading.
Likes: Contemporary and historical YA and NA, classic lit reworked as graphic novels, and empowering women's fiction.
Also enjoys: The Oxford comma. The simmering chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. The original Star Wars trilogy. Kimchi. Drunk History.
Struggles with: My own writing. Children who detonate while I'm driving. The ongoing idolization of Justin Bieber. Queso.