ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF, BY A SUCCESSFUL WRITER
"I would give myself a boost of confidence."
Recently, a question from a Women Who Write Wednesdays contest winner yielded a moving and helpful response from a Women Scribes mentor. We want this advice on a beautiful poster. We want it as a tattoo or a tiled design in our shower like how Ellen Degeneres and Anne Heche had their couple monogram in their master bathroom (which you guys already know from reading Anne Heche's autobiography CALL ME CRAZY).
Question: What career advice would the current you to the younger self when you were just starting out?
Answer: I would give myself a boost of confidence. I would urge myself to work harder at coming up with ideas in the writer's room and worrying less about work politics and gossip. I wouldn't have cried in the bathroom. I wouldn't have had too much to drink at work parties (since we're laying it all out on the line, here). I would never take a job out of fear. I would push myself to ask my agent, why is this particular job good for pushing my career forward? I would think about the kind of work that I was really passionate about and pursue that more instead of worrying about making other people happy. The best work comes from writing something you really believe with and connect to.
This advice works for all stages of your career and life because it boils down to knowing that you have value.