1. Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran is a columnist at The Times and author of one of this year’s must-read books How to be a Woman where she tackles what it means to be female in the 21st century. A brilliant comic writer, Caitlin tackles important issues in a hugely entertaining way. Her work for Stylist includes a feature where she answers the modern feminist’s big questions, such as ‘Must I hate men?’ and ‘Can I bitch about other women if I am a feminist?’
1. What makes a good article?
A good article is basically what you would want to read yourself. Don’t WRITE an article – instead, sit down and make something you’d want to read, instead. Also, the first two things you think of will, undoubtedly, have been done before. You wanna keep going until you get to the third thought/idea. That one’s usually pretty unique.
2. Who is your favourite writer and why?
My favourite writer, currently, is Grace Dent. She always goes that extra mile, which is also known as “that bit too far.” She says the things I reserve only for bitchy emails to friends. She writes like an Amazon with a beehive. And her descriptions of things border on Evil Wodehouse.
3. What advice would you give to our readers who are pitching a feature idea for the first time?
When pitching an idea always be a) polite (no “I’m the best f**king writer in the world! You idiots! You will one day be my SLAVES!”), b) concise – two or three lines should sell it, and c) aware of what the “best bit” of your idea is. Very often the “best bit” of your idea is that you are willing to write it for no money at all – see: The Huffington Post. Whenever I pitch an idea, I always make sure I have a snack on hand, to eat immediately afterwards. Pitching is stressing, and you will probably need a Kitkat, a tinfoil blanket and a lie-down after doing it. I think it affects your blood-sugar levels quite badly.