Edie Weinstein: 3 Things I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then

Edie Weinstein is a professional journalist and author based in New York. While her formal education was in psychology and social work, she has been a wordsmith for as long as she can remember and discovered that writing is her true calling. She has her own blog and is the author of “The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary.”

  • Have fun with your writing, rather than being overly critical of what shows up on paper. I wish I had done more automatic writing back then. I now often sit in front of the computer and ask a question and then close my eyes, take a deep breath and allow the words to flow, without censoring or editing. I am amazed at what has come through when I open my eyes.
  • Let your writing write you. Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”) speaks about the idea that we creative types are the servant of the creation, rather than the other way around. Allow everything around you to be grist for the mill by paying attention with all of your sense, to what is going on around you. The most painful and most pleasant events inform my writing. Entertain yourself first. If I am inspired by my writing, then chances are, others will be too.
  • Some people love apples, others grapes. Learn that ‘rejection’ just means that if you are an apple and a grape lover reads your writing, they might have preferred to read a grape book. Don’t take it personally.