There are a million reasons why you should enter our Requiem Writing Contest. One of the best incentives, though, is that the grand-prize winner will receive the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to write a column for Teen.com!
Lily Zweig, a current Teen.com columnist, was kind enough to take some time to chat with us about her own experience. Read all about her writing process and awesome adventures—which include meeting Kristen Stewart!—below.
How did you get started as a writer?
My writing career began when I created a self-motivational blog revolving around the core concept of teen hardship. I found that expressing my insecurities through words was an effective coping mechanism in building my own self confidence. I set out with the goal of helping young girls overcome the toughest stage of their life—the high school years. In the end, I was proud of the work I had written and had discovered my true passion.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve gotten to do as part of your gig at Teen.com?
My opportunities at Teen.com have been endless. From the simple joys of getting exposure for my writing to being handed the opportunity to blog just being a teenager, every article I post is filled with pride. However, in November, the generous editors over at Teen allowed me to live out a dream. I was fortunate enough to attend a pre-screening of Breaking Dawn Part 2, followed by the press conference. It was at this time that I was able to meet Kristen Stewart—and it seemed all my dreams had been fulfilled. To say the least, Teen.com has opened doors for me I would not have had opened otherwise.
What’s your column-writing process like?
I tend to write my best articles when my words are genuine, my message passionate. I often times have to be inspired in order to produce any article worthy of publishing. It acts as my escape from the stresses of high school, and is a creative outlet to express the roller coaster known as life. I then submit my articles to the editors over Teen, who do a bit of revision and fine-tuning, which is when it is then posted on the site for teens worldwide to read. There is no feeling like pressing send on each article, knowing that you could potentially touch someone’s life with your words.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve written?
My favorite piece I have composed was definitely the first article I submitted. Revolving around the topic of high school, it was a piece that hit close to home. I will never forget the ear-to-ear smile that appeared on my face when I saw my name appear as a contributor at the top of that page. It was such an empowering emotion that only a writer could feel.
Your Teen.com bio says you “practically have a PhD in TV.” So what are some shows you think Figment users should be checking out right now?
Immersing myself in the fiction-filled world of TV is another strong passion of mine (and the other billion teenagers on this planet). So any television show that brings you joy, I say, go ahead and watch! But a few of my personal favorites and must-see’s include: Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelor, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Shark Tank, and Awkward. A very diverse array of shows, I know!
Watch Lily’s interview with Kristin Stewart below!