Rachel Resnick on Her Writing Career
Rachel Resnick is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick and Love Junkie. She has published articles, essays, and celebrity-profile cover stories in the Los Angeles Times, Women's Health, and BlackBook, The Time of My Life, Damage Control, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, The Best American Erotica 2004, Women on the Edge, L.A. Shorts, and Absolute Disaster. She is also a contributing editor at Tin House magazine. Resnick is the founder and CEO of Writers on Fire, provider of luxury writing retreats both in the United States and abroad.
Question: Has being a writer fueled your addiction?
Rachel Resnick: [Laughs] I am absolutely sure that there so many devious ways that you can create a lifestyle that suits your psychosis or your predilections. There’s absolutely no question. First of all, there’s a lot of freedom. They may not be a lot of money in what I have chosen to do, but I always romanticize because that’s one of my issues too, glamorize the idea of being an artist and free willing and traveling and not answering to society without realizing that there are some things that I had absorbed, but to create a world’s [right over], I don’t have to deal with other people everyday, so I don’t have to get my human relationship skills up to par at all. I have problems answering the phone still. I mean, I actually feel like now I understand that I’m an extroverted introvert. I really… you can’t write unless you enjoy solitude. I enjoy the slow time where you get to contemplate and it’s such a contrast. It’s just like it’s totally [trippy] to do this after doing this very high, you know, speed, morning show this morning. So, I created a structure that also had a lot to do with fantasy life. I have to create things on the page and it certainly suited what I was doing with relationships.
Recorded on: September 30, 2008.
You can't be a writer unless you enjoy solitude, says Rachel Resnick.