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Check Out Sondra Morris’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sondra Morris.

Sondra, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I wrote my first story in 1st grade. It was about Barbie going on a camping trip. I don’t remember anything about the story, but I do remember that my friends loved it. I’ve been writing ever since: journals through middle school, a novel in high school, poetry in college, and now I write essays. By trade, I’m a copywriter, but outside of work, it’s all long-form. I’ll conduct and write interviews, spill my secrets on a blog, and ghostwrite articles for magazines. I love the way it feels to find a new and interesting way to mix words so that they have an impact on others.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, not at all! With poetry, I had a lot of metaphors to play with when I wrote and with short stories, I could hide behind the “fiction” label, but now that I’m finding success in writing essays, I really struggle with vulnerability. Opening up and reflecting on actual experiences involving people who may or may not read what I write is hard and it’s something my therapist and I talk about quite a bit.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I write personal essays that cover my experience as a Black, Neurodivergent lesbian woman, which isn’t a perspective people hear often. I try to write in a way that allows others to connect to with me, whether they share my identities or not. I’m so proud of the small impact I’ve had on others: Strangers occasionally reach out to say they read something I wrote and it helped them or a friend and I love that. Also, I’ve managed to build relationships with some of those strangers and that’s been amazing as well!

How do you think about luck?
It’s a mixed bag: My dad didn’t think I could make a living writing and said so. I don’t think it was personal: Writing isn’t a notoriously solid and predictable career path, but my mom never saw me as anything but a writer. When I struggled with my writing or thought about doing anything else, my mom encouraged me to keep writing, even if it was just for me.

My first time getting published was total luck. A friend of mine invited me to a film festival and when I discussed my take on a documentary after, my friend’s fiancée suggested I link up with Eboné Bell of Tagg Magazine. Writing for Tagg gave me my first published piece and my first paying client.

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Jordan Daniels (the photo of me in the black dress)

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