Positive Force and World Changer: Meet RTC Book Editor Annie Rose Stathes
on August 27th, 2021
What is one thing you want your clients to know?
I want my clients to know that they are safe with me. I hold their ideas, expressions, words, and writing in a sacred space, and I honor their process, however it might look. Writing creates something new in the world, and the practice should be held with love, respect, and delight.
How do you get into “the zone” when it comes to diving into your work?
I don’t “dive” into work as much as I saunter into it, carefully dipping my toes into the water. I need classical music, a clean desk, and a glass of water. I need to clear my mind by making lists or handling pressing tasks. I need to recall my client’s work: why it’s important, what it means to them, and what it offers to the world. Then I’m ready to start playing with the materials in front of me. From there, it unfolds.
What is a piece of advice you would give new writers?
Be loving, patient, and kind to yourself. Writing proves difficult for nearly everyone, so don’t berate or belittle yourself because you’re stuck or lazy or undisciplined and writing horribly. Trust your process and let it be messy for a while. Also, infuse your work with your culture, your personality, and your passions. Many people try to produce writing that pleases others, but you also must please—deeply satisfy—yourself.
When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little, I wanted to be a princess, a famous artist, and the first woman in the NBA (the WNBA didn’t exist when I was little). As you can guess, I became all of those things! Lucky me. 😉
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I am a confused cockatoo who wants to stay up late (preferably until one or two in the morning), wake up early (preferably at five or 5:30 in the morning), and get eight to ten hours of sleep (preferably uninterrupted).