Human Highlight: Jessica Soffer
Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Oh the words to be written to the woman who writes them. Eek!
Welcome to my thoughts about someone who makes me want to go old school. I mean, type with a typewriter so that I really have to think of every word.
“Jess has a sense of life that I admire. She is the type of human I want to take with me everywhere. ”
Jessica is novelist and lifestyle author, dear friend to many, wife to baby daddy about to be... Alex :) and sidekick to Scout Finch their black lab. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, and Granta among other publications. She teaches fiction at Connecticut College and lives in Sag Harbor. This is what O: Oprah Magazine says about her novel, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots...
"Breathtaking prose interweaves delectable descriptions of food with a profoundly redemptive story."
Jessica has just started a brilliant new way of connecting with her people and well anyone really. She has a weekly prompt that is not just writing, it is therapy. Thank you Jess.
In her own words:
WRITING DOESN’T CHANGE DISORDER; IT HOLDS IT.
Every week, I will send you a short writing prompt via email. It may be just text. It may involve aural or visual cues. Some days, you’ll be done after two minutes (and that’s just perfect). Some days, you’ll want to spend the day.
Always always, sitting with yourself and your words offers you a unique opportunity for clarity and creativity and joy, to turn inward, make time and space, remember, rediscover your rhythm and voice, and to take care of yourself in a safe, simple, significant way.
And the nice thing? Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect, or fussy, or important. You don’t have to set the world on fire with your thoughts. These prompts are for you. Writing, the act of just writing, is the point.
Here’s how it works exactly:
You subscribe to the weekly writing prompt: $5 per week. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Girls Write Now.
Every Wednesday morning, you receive a new prompt to your inbox.
You respond via email, or send me a photo of your handwritten response. Or you keep it for just yourself. Whatever feels best.
If you do send: I will read it, always.
Sometimes, I will respond.