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Member Spotlight: Jenna Matecki

author Jenna Matecki and an image of her book The Hours Before Dusk

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? Writing is like magic – you’re conjuring feelings, memories, ideas for readers. There is such a responsibility that comes with that, and I’m so excited to be someone who has that honor. We’re all writers – of our own lives – and sharing your story is one of the most human things that you can do.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? Inspiration can’t be forced but it does respond to the right conditions. My writing comes not from sitting down at a desk like it’s an appointment or task, but rather living fully within beautiful and inspiring moments that lead to the headspace that I find myself in when I want to write.

What is your favorite time to write? As a writer of short stories and poetry it first happens in notes on my phone – so truly whenever inspiration strikes. After that, I would stay I’m definitely a night owl and have burned through many candles.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? You’re writing for your reader, what you personally get from it is a bonus.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? Language has become more indicative and clear even just in my lifetime and I’m so excited by the way that has helped democratize storytelling.

Jenna Matecki’s The Hours Before Dusk: Finding Light in Cities Around the World is out now with Parea Books.