Writers in our Network: Lifelong Learner Leah Saycich

IMG_5121Write On Network is thrilled to have a new intern, Leah Saycich, sharing space and ideas with us at The Pickle this summer. Find out why Leah is such a great addition to our network.

What led you to pursue a career in writing?

I’ve loved writing since the 9th grade, but back then it was more of an outlet for my teenage angst. I didn’t think writing could be a career until I became an English major. I come from a background of doctors and dentists so it’s taken me awhile to really explore the many types of writing, but I’m getting there and realizing just how happy I am to be involved in the writing industry. Writing is so fulfilling to me and I feel very lucky to be here, interning at Write On Network.

What do you like most about writing?

I’m fascinated by a challenge. I love the feeling I get when I look at an assignment and at first feel lost, then take a deep breath and come up with something amazing. Along similar lines, I like trying to find ways to take intense emotionally packed topics and add some comic relief without lessening the content. Serious topics are sometimes scary to read about so its an interesting challenge for me to see if I can make them a little more reader friendly.

Which writer would you most love to meet, and what would you want to ask him or her?

I can’t choose between J.K. Rowling and Markus Zusak. Firstly, upon meeting each of them I would have to sit in their company for at least 20 minutes before I would be able to properly speak. Then I would love to just chat with them about their writing process and the amazing stories they have been able to tell in a simple heart warming and heart breaking manner. Also I’d be very interested to know what their hobbies are.

What are you reading right now?

I just started The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. After finishing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I was dying for another fresh perspective about World War II. I’m not entirely sure where my love for stories from that period come from, but the period and an outstanding writer suck me right in.

What advice would you give to younger students who want to pursue writing?

This is going to sound cliché, but it’s advice and advice generally sounds as such because it’s true. First, be very afraid. I mean that in the sense that it’s okay to be afraid and uncertain. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t or didn’t feel the same way. Secondly, never give up. You won’t always get the encouraging feedback you want, but don’t let that stop you. Keep on keeping on, you won’t regret it.

Where do your best ideas come from?

My best ideas usually come when I’m in a public place, yet still focusing on my own work. I love to be in the heat of things. Also a positive story or kind word from someone can be very inspirational for me; I’m always open to listening to people and their stories. If I’m ever really stuck I’ll go out and do something fun. I’ve been trying out a lot of new hobbies lately, like painting, sewing and even skateboarding. Each of these have been highly enjoyable, but have also required perseverance to improve and ultimately achieve goals I’ve set for myself. When writing, I experience a similar combination of enjoyment paired with perseverance.

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