Peg Fitzpatrick

How did you become a writer?

I've always been a creative person - I was in theater and sang in school. I took photography classes in college and loved it. I've designed costumes and done many other creative things. When I started in social media people kept asking me if I had  a blog which I didn't but I eventually started on. So I guess you could say I'm a writer-on-demand. The best part about that was that I had a built-in audience for my blog when it launched.

Blogging and social media turned into writing my first book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, with co-author Guy Kawasaki.

Name your writing influences (writers, books, teachers, etc.).

My writing influences are Nora Ephron, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Guy Kawasaki. 

When and where do you write?

I write at home in my office ideally first thing in the morning. For my blog, I write on Saturday mornings and edit on Sunday. I bring my laptop when I travel and try to write on the go as well. 

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a book for writers on how to market and launch their books. It's much harder than you think to sell a book!

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

I'm very lucky to say no, I haven't. I've had projects take longer than I had anticipated but finished them. I have tons of ideas that I keep on Evernote and Trello so I can grab something from them if I need to.

What’s your advice to new writers?

My advice is to just start writing! Don't worry if you don't have a publisher or agent etc. If you have an idea, suss it out and keep working on it. Just start writing and don't edit as you go. Write, write, write. Then you can edit later.

Peg Fitzpatrick is a social media strategist and popular blogger writing on her own website and across the web. Social media is her passion. And her job. She's built a thriving social media platform of over 1,000,000 followers. Peg has spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users is her first book.