I’m a firm believer that writing is a form of therapy. When things become overwhelming, frustrating, or just too difficult, my first response is to pick up a pencil. Sometimes you can pour your heart our into an article and have no one else appreciate what you’ve come up with. But occasionally, you write something really special, and people respond.
This week, one of my Her Campus writers, Anna, wrote an open letter to a celebrity that had truly changed her life–Harry Styles. Against all odds, we learned that he had read the article, and her piece climbed the list of Her Campus most read articles. People chimed in from all over the world about how much they enjoyed her piece. Although the success of Anna’s article was incredible and rewarding, I was happier that she was able to write everything she wanted to say.
From an editor’s perspective, giving Anna the platform to write everything she needed to was the most wonderful gift, and the success of the article was simply an added bonus. The world can never underestimate the power of the written word and just how much it can impact people.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: “All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” I tend to agree with Fitzgerald and use this philosophy in my writing. Sometimes the biggest risks reap the best rewards whether you’re a writer or an editor, in this case it certainly did.
Alexandra (AJ) Goebelbecker is a sophomore double major in Communication Arts and History/Political Science. When she’s not in class, she’s working for the Marywood chapter Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the HerCampus Marywood blog.