Feature: In conversation with Sanjida O’Connell

Thoroughly enjoyed being interviewed by the ever eloquent Dr Sanjida O’Connell and featured at Writersmosaic this past month. Sanjida, along with her PhDs in zoology and psychology, is an award-winning novelist and a gorgeous non-fiction writer. Which is partly why I was so excited about the opportunity to talk shop and dive into the nuts and bolts of writing with her.

However, what felt especially satisfying was getting to speak with Sanjida about those I’ve been inspired by, and whom I’ve learned from.

I don’t have a degree in writing. 

I was taught mostly by mentors I’ve never met, and likely never will (many of them are dead). Yet their words and talents taught me enough to become an author; internationally published; even shortlisted for a couple of awards, and this past month featured among some especially talented writing contemporaries.

Moral of the story: you don’t need what ‘they’ say you need — qualifications, credentials etc. they’re nice, but not always necessary. Just have a passion for your goals, a fervent willingness to grow, and the bravery to try the things ‘they’ say you’re not qualified for.

Mentors are everywhere. Find yours. Do your thing. That is all.


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