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A Draft Introduction for My Next Long-Form Article About Writing

Introducing "What I Learned About Being a Writer from a Suicidal Writer"

Jennifer Walker tried to kill herself in her mid-20s.

She was doing a PhD in Nuclear Physics when she realised that being a scientist was not what she wanted to do in her life. She was lost.

Severe anxiety disorders and depression grabbed her by the throat, but instead of dropping out to pursue a different career path, Jennifer impulsively opted for a bunch of tranquillisers mixed with vodka.

Thankfully, that didn’t work.

Thankfully, she started seeking help.

She got into therapy, surrounded herself with good friends, and then discovered writing — the thing that made her want to live again.

Today, Jennifer is a professional art, travel, and culture writer. Her work has been published, to name a few, in National Geographic, The Times, BBC, Lonely Planet, Evening Standard, The Guardian, and CNN.

I had the privilege to interview Jennifer on my YouTube channel and in this article I’ll tell you what I learned about being a writer by listening to her.

Then, at the end of this post, I’ll share a short paragraph I asked Jennifer to write for us.

I hope all this will inspire you to become the best writer you could possibly be.

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I’m still working on this long-form article. This is just the draft of the introduction, which still needs fixing. I’ll publish this post both on Medium and on my blog in the coming days.

I’ll also make a video about it.

In the meantime, if you’ve missed the interview with Jennifer, here it is.

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