Writing Tips from Malled Author Caitlin Kelly, A Two-Part Series

Life works in mysterious ways. Really, I can prove it.

One day I was listening to an NPR interview with Caitlin Kelly about her new book, Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail. The next I was reading about it in Marie Claire. And then I found myself in the midst of an email conversation with the author herself asking if she would give the rest of us some words of writing wisdom. And you know what? She said yes.

Writing Chops

Caitlin Kelly is a freelance writer who has written for The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Glamour, Business Week, Town & Country, Family Circle and Penthouse (yes, Penthouse) to name a few. She is also the author of two non-fiction books, Blown Away: American Women and Guns and her latest, Malled. 

Malled is an expose of the plight of the retail worker told from a memoir perspective.  It details Kelly’s two-years working in retail at The North Face after she lost her salaried job at The New York Daily News and wanted some steady income to supplement her freelance career and allow some breathing room in the never-ending story-pitching cycle.  For USA Today’s review of Malled click here.

Guest Blog Writing Series

For the next two Fridays (June 24 and July 1), Kelly will share some writing insight with us. Having been in the business since 1990 and worked as a freelance writer in addition to salaried writing jobs since 1996, she has plenty of hard-earned wisdom to share.  As a bonus, if enough people ask questions (you can comment or email me directly at oc2seattle dot gmail dot com), Kelly has generously offered to do a Q and A to answer those questions.

June 24: Disclosure

Because Malled is a memoir, Kelly had some interesting discussions regarding disclosure with her publishers. How much disclosure is enough? How much does an investigative journalist have to bare her soul in her memoir? 

The issue of disclosure is one us bloggers face all the time.  Do we talk about our families? Our friends? Our day jobs? List our last names? How much information is too much information? Where is the line between voice and privacy? 

On Friday, Kelly’s first guest post will wrangle with the unruly issue of disclosure and share the decision making process she used when writing Malled.

July 1: The Writer’s Life

Many of us dream of ditching our day jobs and writing full time.  On July 1, Kelly will give us a humorous and poignant look at the reality of the life of the full-time writer.

Can’t wait til Friday to start asking questions? Comment now.

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3 Responses

  1. […] this, the second part of our two-part series, I asked Caitlin to expose the reality of the writer’s life as I know many of us would like […]

  2. Looking forward to reading the two guest posts!

  3. […] and next Friday, July 1, Kelly shares some writing insight with us. Having been in the business since 1990 and worked as a freelance writer in addition to salaried […]

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