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Getting to Know You: A One on One Exclusive With NBY Editor, Rachel

The one and only: Rachel

The one and only: Rachel

Kat: 

Ok, first question: what are you wearing?

Rachel:

I am wearing a Ramones t-shirt and yoga shorts (yoga pants that shrunk and I cut them off into shorts, therefore, yoga shorts).

Kat:
Ok, correct.  We can now move on to the next question.  Tell us about your writing process.

Rachel:
1. Get an idea
2. Ignore the idea because it’s kinda dumb/too much work/not appropriate
3. Get another idea. Ignore that one because it’s worse than the first one
4. Go back to the first idea, then not write about it until it “feels” right
5. When it “feels” right, I sit down, and I just start typing. I don’t reread, I don’t edit
6. I reread, change what sounds lame, then have someone else read it
7. I listen to their edits, change those, and I’m done
I rarely outline or do any of that shit

Kat:
How do you get over the fear of sharing your writing with strangers?

Rachel:
Strangers aren’t the problem. I don’t care what they think of my work. It’s sharing with people who know me. I don’t like to censor myself, and I don’t really, but it’s hard when you know people who know you are reading your pieces.

Kat:
But what about when some stranger writes a comment after a really thoughtful piece you’ve written and is like “shut up u whore”.  How do you handle that?

Rachel:
It actually doesn’t bother me. If they had proof I was a whore and statistics backing up why I should shut up, I’d feel differently.

Kat:
Do you have a favorite mythological character?

Rachel:
No. I find mythology daunting, and I mix up who’s Greek and who’s Roman.  And then you throw Norse gods in there and I’m like…no

Kat:
What about Xena The Princess Warrior, do you have an opinion on her?

Rachel:
When I was younger I thought Xena was her real name. I didn’t realize Lucy Lawless was her name until much later. Not that I thought Xena was real, I just thought it was a happy accident that Xena got to play Xena.

Kat:
She has a great voice though, doesn’t she?  Also for the record, I know a Xena IRL.

Rachel:
That’s super awesome.

Kat:
What would you say is your strongest emotion in everyday life?

Rachel:
Strongest? Or most prevalent?

Kat:
Hmmm.  Maybe most prevalent makes most sense

Rachel:
Despite my peaks of annoyance that can be really strong, I’m generally happy. There’s like this base of okayness that’s dotted with peaks of WHAT THE FUCK.  I go from happy to WTF pretty quickly
but also the other way even faster.

Kat :
Also, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Rachel :
Growing up, I hated writing. Hated it.  My earliest memory of writing something was in second grade. We had to write Frog and Toad stories, and I included a “help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” joke in mine. My teacher laughed so hard she couldn’t finish reading it to the class.

Kat:
Kid jokes: the bar is low.

Rachel:
I didn’t think writing was something I could actually do for real until I was in my mid twenties.

Kat:
And what do you want to accomplish with NBY?

Rachel:
I want to reach a part of society that doesn’t fit in anywhere.  We’re trying to figure out how to have a voice without it getting grouped in with voices that don’t represent us.

Kat:
Next question.  What makes for good writing in your opinion?

Rachel:
It kind of depends on what I’m reading. A lot of writers try to change their voice because they feel it’s not enough. Great writing is real; it’s natural. If you can’t write beautifully crafted sentences like F. Scott Fitzgerald, THEN DON’T.  Don’t force anything.

Kat:
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Rachel:
Uh.  Wow.  Several people have said, in so many words, to get off my ass and do SOMETHING.  That’s probably the best advice anyone could get

Kat:
It’s great advice.  Tell me about your mom because she sounds really cool.

Rachel:

She’s been through a lot.  Through it all, she’s kept her laugh and has taught my sister and I that we can get through anything. She’s the strongest person I know. my sister and I are like her split in two: I have the bookish side and my sister has the outgoing and direct side.  And she’s managed to parent us without losing her mind.   AND we turned out better than most kids with “normal” parents

Kat :
One more question?

Rachel:
Sure!

Kat:
What do you like best about yourself?
Rachel:
This is surprisingly hard because I don’t want to sound like an asshole.

Kat:
Oh please.

Rachel :
I like that I catch on to things very quickly. It doesn’t take me long to survey the situation and figure out what I need to know and what needs to be done.
Kat:

That’ll do it for now!

Read Rachel’s interview with Katlyn here!

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