Mary H.K. Choi
Freelance Writer and Editor
Has Written For: GQ, Wired, Allure, New York Times, MTV Style, Vertigo Comics, Marvel Comics
Rule: Don't fetishize your output.
"You always feel like a hack and a fraud when you're writing. It's just how it goes. I'm a big believer in puking out all your thoughts in a single sitting and getting some version of the work down, because the alternative just prolongs the agony. The first draft is hideous and ajskdlkdfksjdfslfjk, but it's just a map for where the big blocks go. I'll always find my real thesis dicking around in the fourth graph, and I figure out my ending about halfway in."
Favorite Pieces and Projects:
"Overworked, Overwhelmed, Overscheduled? Work More" (Wired)
"Take It from a Lady: How to Take Home a Lady" (GQ)
"Inside New York's Last Sensory Deprivation Tank" (The Awl)
Photo by Estevan Oriol