I’ve been reading the work of a fresh new Dating & Relationships Featured Contributor (and a friend of mine), Rachel Wolfe, who consistently puts out witty, engaging articles on relevant topics, and I’m compelled to spread the word! To introduce her to the Yahoo! Contributor Network community, I’ve asked her a few questions about herself and her writing. I hope you’ll take a moment to get to know this new promising new talent.
What inspired you to begin writing for Associated Content from Yahoo! as a Dating and Relationships Featured Contributor?
I initially signed up to write for Associated Content because I had been writing for over a decade and had never really shared my work with anyone. When my dear friend Jennie suggested AC, I figured there was no reason I shouldn’t give it a shot! Once I had published a decent base of articles, I applied for Featured Contributor and was accepted the next day. My reason for applying was simple: to share my knowledge of the wonderful (and chaotic) world of dating. Of course, it certainly is a bonus that I have the potential to make money!
From what do you draw your inspiration for your articles?
The inspiration from my articles comes from a great many sources. The first and foremost is all my wonderful friends and family, as they always share their most successful as well as their most disastrous dating experiences with me. I also draw from my own personal experiences, which are surprisingly versatile and often very painful lessons one must learn (not something I could say I’m thrilled about, but if it gives me something to share with my readers, I’ll take it!).
What is your history as a writer?
I started writing long before I even had a computer; when I was around 12 or 13 years old, I’d say, and I would fill notebook after notebook. When I discovered the beauty of an electronic word processing program, I just went nuts. I’ve written everything from songs to poetry to short stories to would-be novels. I’ve done some journalism as well.
How would you describe your writing style?
My writing style, in my opinion, is like this: a practical foundation with walls built from different colored bricks including humor, scholarly research, personal interviews, quotes from books and movies, etc. I try to keep things interesting and versatile enough to reach a wider pool of readers of both genders, but unique enough to myself that it’s still my own work.
Which article are you most proud of so far? Why?
The article I’m most proud of so far is probably the first one I ever wrote for Associated Content, called “Why Are So Many Single Women Suffering?” I sat down one night after a bad breakup about six months ago and the article just came to life. It wasn’t a how-to, a review, or any of the standard categories you see on AC. It was simply how I felt at the time and what I thought about my situation; what I had learned. When it was published and people started reading it, I had so many people telling me that it deeply affected them. One in particular was my aunt, who said to me that even at her age, the article brought tears to her eyes and made her really think about her personal life. That was more than I could have hoped for.
What do you hope to get out of being part of the Yahoo! Contributor Network?
What I want to get out of this gig is to contribute all of my own knowledge to the public so that someone else may learn from my own experiences and mistakes. If I can help one person to have a better first date experience, a stronger relationship, an easier breakup… then I’ve done what I set out to do.
What do you do when you’re not writing for AC?
When I’m not writing, I’m usually working. I’m a creative arts teacher (art, music, and creative writing) at an institution for kids with special needs. If I’m not working, I’m indulging in one of my many favorite past-times or hobbies: video games, writing/arranging/playing music, reading, shopping for shoes, watching some of my favorite shows (Dexter, Weeds, CSI: Miami, Robot Chicken, Family Guy), cooking, video editing, watching UFC fights or Green Bay Packers games, dancing, the list goes on!
Please check out Rachel Wolfe’s Yahoo! Contributor Network profile and welcome her aboard!