Writer Spotlight: Whitney W
If you had a catchphrase, what would it be?
It might be odd, but my catchphrase that I say the most is, “Hey, are you listening?” I find myself always asking a person if they are listening to me when I’m talking. For some reason, I feel that if I say, “Hey, are you listening?” and they reply “yes,” then somehow what I say to them is going to be better heard and understood. To be quite honest, the person I say this catchphrase the most to is my husband, especially when he’s watching golf on TV.
What’s your day job super power?
I don’t really know that I have a special super power that most other writers don’t have, but I do know that I have the ability to work from anywhere. Even when it comes to rolling down the freeway (as long as I’m not driving), I’ll be in the passenger seat with my Wi-Fi hot spot turned on doing some work. In a way, I’m addicted to writing. I’m so blessed and thankful that I have a job that I can make money doing what I love.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve gone through some pretty rough times in my life. Not anything related to losing a loved one or suffering from a sickness, but times that my life got really low because of poor choices on my part. During one of these times, my dad took me out to the barn and told me he loved me and that everyone comes to a few crossroads in their lives, and we have to decide for ourselves which way to go. He also made sure to point out that sometimes going right was the wrong way and going left was the right way.
I don’t have one. I hate wearing hats.
If there was a movie based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?
Probably Kate Hudson because she really reminded me of myself in Almost Famous. I’m a ‘wild child’ at heart. Always have been.
What would the title of the movie be?
Running After Nothing and Finding Everything
Favorite thing about WA?
I love the administration, but I’m not going to lie, my favorite thing about WA is all the money I’m making through this platform. My husband can’t get over how I make money by sitting in my pajamas all day.
Favorite writer, dead or alive?
Paul from the Bible–we have the same writing style.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Oh jeez, I better not answer this one.
Favorite breakfast food?
Toe in a hole–for those of you who haven’t ever had one, you simply bite a hole in the middle of a piece of bread and throw the remaining piece of bread in a skillet and toast it. After you flip it, you crack an egg and place it in the hole of the bread and let it fry for about 45 seconds. Add a little garlic and you’ve got the best toe in a hoe in the whole world.
Little known fact about you?
My favorite way to get away from all the chaos in the world is by playing the piano.
What can’t you live without?
The Word of God. I simply wouldn’t make it. The Word of God energizes me. It’s like a drug, very addicting.
What advice would you like to leave off with for your fellow writers?
Quit complaining. When a client asks for a revision, simply do it. Even if it’s absurd. Just do it, get the job done and don’t work for that client anymore if the revision rubs you the wrong way. This mostly applies to private clients, but if one doesn’t pay you for work that you’ve completed, then so be it (this has happened to me once). Simply let the client know that you are aware of his or her failure to pay and leave it at that.
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