“It took me years to find my voice, and it’s a journey that’s hard to speed up. But here is one secret: envision one person you know well, who you feel comfortable and confident with, that loves to hear from you or learn from you. Write for them to help find your way.”
I’ve known Jane for ~15 years now, back when we worked on opposite sides of the fence at Writer’s Digest (her, books; me, magazine), and her path from introverted print book editor with no online presence to THE Jane Friedman has been a fascinating and instructive journey. I’ve learned a lot from her over the years and consider her both an invaluable resource and good friend, and occasionally even imagine she did write something specifically with me in mind!
This is one of her more straightforward posts, which I’ve had open in a tab since April, coincidentally the last time I sent out a newsletter. I actually know the majority of the people who subscribe to this newsletter personally, and I do frequently select and comment on specific articles with at least one of them in mind.
Ultimately, though, it’s really for me — a way to ensure I’m continually reading about things that are important to me; a way to gather my thoughts into more than a snarky tweet or three; and a way to maintain some semblance of a connection with a subset of people in communities that have become less tangible during the pandemic.
If you’re reading this, thanks for continuing to indulge me, and I hope you’re doing well.