Witty Title Here: a manifesto

Witty Title Here: a manifesto

Welcome to the new Witty Title Here. If you’re a writer, this space is for you. If you’re a young female writer, this space is for you especially.

Here’s what I believe:

I believe that every young woman has a voice. 

Each of those voices deserves an outlet and platform. Being heard and acknowledged is crucial to having the confidence to continue honing your craft into adulthood. (I know from experience.) Community is a powerful thing for a writer, and the more diverse that community, the better.

I believe in supporting one another through our struggles and successes.

I believe we can smash the sexist myth that girls are toxic to one another by lifting each other up (and shouting it from the rooftops and/or the internet). I believe everyone needs mentors and that at some point, everyone should become someone else’s mentor. Don’t feel like you’re ready to be a mentor? Be someone else’s cheerleader, then. It’s good for your soul and theirs.

I believe in writing every day—even when it’s hard.

Especially when it’s hard. Even if it sucks. The only way to get better at writing is to keep writing… and then write some more. Then maybe go for a walk. Read a book. Then get back to writing.

Other things I believe:

If you write, you are a writer. Not an “aspiring” writer. (Though I understand the urge to use that qualifier.)

A feminist is someone—male, female or otherwise—who thinks women, and those who identify as women, should have equal rights and privileges as men. Simple and complex as that. Really.

Women have the power to give themselves permission to do what makes them happy—like write.

Young adult fiction is valuable, underrated, overly criticized and necessary.

The term “women’s fiction” should be banned. Have you ever seen a “men’s fiction” section in a bookstore?

What is Witty Title Here?

Witty Title Here is a community is for all women who write, but especially young women who are new to writing and/or have few outlets for their work. For a long time, WTH was my personal blog. Those archives still exist, if you’re interested in some lifestyle writing. I’m proud of those years of work.

Now, it’s a much more focused space where you’ll find essays, advice, interviews with authors and editors, inspiration and more. WTH will also feature submissions from YOU. (I’m currently seeking short fiction, essays, opinion pieces, reported articles and humor pieces! Shoot me an email if you’d like to submit.) And if you sign up for the WTH newsletter, you’ll get good reads, more inspiration and writing resources not found on the blog straight to your inbox every week. If you love books, feminism and culture, chances are, you’ll be into WTH.

A bit about me

Cassie Paton

My name is Cassie Paton, I’m 25 years old, and I’ve written articles, essays, emails, blog posts, grocery lists, diary entries, short stories, bad poetry, song lyrics and this here manifesto, among other things. Two years ago, I moved across the country from Baltimore to Los Angeles for grad school (in journalism!), and now I’m a freelance writer living in the Bay Area. I’m also a feminist, foodie and aspiring dog owner, and I think we should be friends.

 

Now it’s your turn

I want to hear about you. Who are you? What do you love to read/write? What do you need help with most in your writing, and what would you like to see in this space? Leave a comment below, send me a tweet or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi! I lived in Los Angeles for two years after college before coming to Minneapolis (where I live now) to help start an all-girls middle school. I was an English teacher for several years but am now trying to get into freelance writing and/or editing. I love to read non-fiction (just left a comment on one of your non-fiction book reviews) and I write short essay-ish posts on the blog I started this winter.

    Love what you write about, and love the new focus of the blog, too!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Nice to meet you, Amber! So cool that you helped start an all-girls school, and congrats on going freelance! Can’t wait to check out your blog. Thanks for the support. 🙂

  2. Marisa Okano says:

    Hey, thanks for sharing! Found your blog through LinkedIn, we were in Marc’s class together at USC a while back. I love this idea. I’ve been wanting to launch a lifestyle blog for a while but perfectionism and a little bit of fear has been getting in my way. A community like this would be great motivation for me to begin. I’ll definitely connect with you once my blog is up. Looking forward to seeing where this project goes!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Thanks so much for checking out the blog, Marisa. And looking forward to your launch! Definitely let me know when it’s live. You got this. 🙂

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