Cara Strickland

Cara Strickland

Food Editor/Freelance Writer


Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Read and wrote constantly as a kid.
Took a year off for "real world experience."
Went to college far away, majoring in writing, started a blog.
Got a job at a winery after graduation.
Started my own social media marketing business.
Started working part time for a library.
Took a high-paying marketing job.
Quit that toxic job, landed an editorship with a magazine I'd freelanced for. Wrote for free a lot.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Creative Writing
Taylor University

Career

Food Editor/Freelance Writer

I write and edit for a magazine and freelance.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Food
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I wake up and read through a blog or two with a cup of tea. I'll take a brainstorming walk, cook something, let things germinate. I'll write and respond to email, making sure my writers have their assignments, and are meeting their deadlines. I'll sketch out ideas or work on my stories (depended on where we are in the month). I'll write my own blog, maybe send out a guest post. Work on my book. Then, I'll head out to dinner with friends, take notes and write them up when I get home.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

If you want to be an editor, you should probably know a fair amount about what you're editing. I got my first food writer job because I liked to eat and had been an English major. Never underestimate even passions that seem silly to you. Pursue things that interest you. Read about those things, become an expert. Talk to people about those things.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

As an editor, one of the most important things I do is read critically. Work in the writing center, read everything you can get your hands on, work with students in your dorm who want someone to look over their papers (especially someone from another culture). Trade papers with people and listen to the critiques they make of your writing. Learn to listen to what works and doesn't work in a piece of writing, for different mediums.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Writing, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should find a good job to pay the bills so that you can do what you love on the side."