Aug 18, 2020
If you are lucky, every so often
you will meet someone who inspires you to do your best work and
pulls out your highest potential. For me, that is our guest this
week, writer, essayist, and coach Sophfronia Scott.
Sophfronia coached me through my
first book, The Politics
of Promotion, along
with my upcoming book, Not Done Yet. She joins me this week for a conversation on
overcoming the challenges of becoming a writer, and how sharing our
personal story can light the way for others to connect with us and
tap into their own emotions.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
- Sophfronia is an award-winning journalist
and began her career writing for Time where her cover story “Twentysomething” broke
ground by looking in-depth at Gen X.
- Sophfronia holds a BA in English from Harvard
and an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She discusses how it
wasn’t about the degree per se, but what the degree provides in
terms of a community, connections, and support from fellow
was recently named the director of an MFA in Creative Writing
program. She wants her students to understand that their voice
matters, and what they have to say is worth something.
- To be
a writer, you have to have the discipline to write! However, as
much as it is up to you to do the work, having great mentors and
coaches also is a great help.
- Sophfronia grew up in Ohio with a steelworker
father and stay at home mother, along with a large family with
seven kids. Writing poetry and reading were her escape initially,
and something inside of her said if she committed to writing five
pages a week, good things would happen, which they definitely
- Writing can help us not only process our own
emotions but help others connect with how they are feeling and know
that we all go through common experiences in life.
can sometimes feel like it’s going to swallow us whole, but it can
also propel us to do great things. For Sophfronia, two big events
that helped her realize life is short and she needed to get into
action was the trauma around 9/11 and her sister passing
just keeping a journal and trying to stay consistent with
journaling can be a very profound way to get the muscle memory
around writing stronger.
wrote five pages a week and my life changed.” —
not just the degree, it’s what the degree can do for you.” —
you tell your story well enough, it hits a note. This alchemy
happens where people are no longer reading your story, they are
reading themselves in the story.” — Sophfronia
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