Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirstie Taylor.
Kirstie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Writing has always been a passionate hobby of mine; I’ve filled journals with my thoughts and written here and there online. But it wasn’t until January 2019 that I started seeing the potential for writing to be my career.
I’d heard of a website called Medium and decided to post my first story on there about an emotionally abusive relationship I was in. My story was honest, detailed, and summed up what I learned from that experience. It only took about two weeks for people to find that piece and start messaging about how much they related to my experience. I kept posting on Medium and saw more and more engagement from people. That’s when I decided to pursue writing full-time.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s definitely been a bumpy road. A lot of publications rejected my work. Writer’s block has been the bane of my existence. People write very mean, personal comments on my stories and, the first time it happened, I cried.
But persistence, consistency, and a strong backbone got me through everything. I’m glad I never gave up writing because of those obstacles.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a dating and relationship writer. I’ve written over 250 articles in the dating and relationship field and I’m a top writer for Medium and Quora. My articles appeared in Well + Good, Elephant Journal, Mamamia, and Cosmopolitan Magazine (both online and print). I have a book coming out at the beginning of 2021 called What I Wish I Knew About Love with the publisher Thought Catalog Books. It’s a collection of essays explaining lessons I learned from my various relationship that I wish someone taught me when I was growing up.
My writing is different from others because I’m not afraid to talk about my personal experiences. I write for a perspective of, “I’ve been there” rather than “I know best.”
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
By far, my proudest moment (so far) was the moment I saw my writing in a physical magazine. And not just any magazine, but one I read all throughout my teens and early 20’s, Cosmopolitan Magazine.
- Website: kirstietaylor.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @wordswithkirstie
- Twitter: @kirstietaylorr
For all pictures of me in red, polka dot top: Elizabeth Viggiano