- Margit’s Career Story
- The Evolution of Content Over Time
- Making Seismic Career Shifts
- Writing About Painful Experiences
How have you seen content change over time?
Some things have changed a lot, and some things have stayed the same. I’d say that the things that are still the same are people always want to hear a good story. Storytelling and sort of getting the facts right and narrative arc—I think about narrative arc in just about everything I touch…What’s really changed is that people want everything quick, everything shorter…While a lot of people still want fast, consumable, snackable content, I think there is a movement to do more in-depth longer reads, but it takes funding, it takes attention and time, and I think there’s a battle to be had there.
You wrote for TueNight about the tough battle you had with cancer. Tell us a little bit about the decision to write about it and experience it in that way.
I know that if I don’t write stuff down when it’s happening, I’ll probably forget it…I knew at the time, okay, this is happening to me, and this is a whole new world. I needed to figure it out. And for me, writing is a form of figuring things out. I wanted to share it with people. In my own experience, I was looking for information…You find stuff, but there’s not a whole lot of stories about what the day-to-day feels like and what it’s really like. And so I was like, I’m going to write that. I would take notes on my iPhone while things were happening, and at some point when I felt better—because you feel like crap—I would actually sit down and write it out.
Key Sound Bites
-People always want to hear a good story.
-The turbulent times we face in our lives can be a moment for reflection and action.
-For me, writing is a form of figuring things out.