Why do you write?

I wanted a carrier that will allow me to read and learn. Not a lot of occupation allows for that.

Challenges as you are writing?

I would love to write about more complicated topics. But I’m not educated enough to treat honestly these topics that are challenging.

I have also had trouble monetizing my content.

What’s the challenge? Is it a technical challenge?

Not technical. I feel bad for charging. I have also not learned how to market more than I should have.

I notice a lot of honesty in your writing. Is there a reason why?

I had to advocate for what I needed very early on. To me, those were life and death situations. From that place I learned to tell people what I’m thinking.

How old are you?

I’m 26.

I started my first business at 15. I was working full time at 16 and a half. I feel I got older quicker than the rest of my age.

Where do you get inspiration?

The word inspiration is misleading. The process of sitting down and writing it’s not because of a lack of ideas but interest.

Was sharing encouraged when you are growing up?

I grew up encouraged to share certain aspects of life and other aspects were not encouraged.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was a child but professionally it’s been four years.

Medium helped me to become a professional writer. Year one it’s was up and down. In year two I was making consistent income.

Did you have any mentors along the way?

No.

Do you feel a responsibility to contribute to something bigger than yourself and what do you hope to contribute?

People should contribute from a place of strength. I’m not there yet.

Are you creatively satisfied?

No.

I want to work on more meaningful projects than what I’m currently doing.

I don’t know what that means yet.

What is writing all about?

Don’t give up. Don’t underestimate the effort and time it takes to create something worthwhile.

Megan Holstein is a top writer on Medium on mental health. She is doing her best to write stories that make people’s lives better. Connect with her here https://meganholstein.medium.com/ or http://www.meganeholstein.com/

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