Our Media Moment is Carina Wolff, a freelance writer. In charge of reporting women’s health, Fitness, healthy lifestyle and more, Carina is on a mission to report the best ways to take care of yourself, both inside and out.
Tho recently had the chance to speak with Carina about her thoughts on writing and how she became a journalist herself.
Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to become a writer.
I am a freelance health and wellness writer as well as a healthy food blogger/Instagrammer. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, but the topic of health came to me later in life. Since I was a little kid, I loved writing short stories and poetry, and I even started a class newspaper in 5th grade.
I continued on into the journalism program in high school, and then I went to NYU where I studied journalism and psychology. At that time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, but as I slowly started developing my own healthy eating and lifestyle habits as an adult, I realized I loved the subject and wanted to share my knowledge with others. I started my blog as a way to showcase my writing and the new healthy recipes I was creating. I wanted it to be more of a portfolio of my work/writing example, but it ended up evolving into it’s own successful business venture! It also helped launch my writing career. Through my blog, I got writing internships and my first freelance writing job.
What is something you would like people to know about being a writer/journalist?
It requires a lot of reading! It helps to read a lot of other people’s work to get an idea of style and tone and to develop your own voice. As a journalist especially, it’s very important to keep up on recent research and industry news. It helps to have that background information for pitching and writing articles. Research is so important. I read a lot, whether it’s articles or books (both non-fiction and fiction), and it helps my writing voice come much more naturally to me. It also makes writing pieces easier when I have the background knowledge.
What is your favorite piece you have written?
My favorite topic is the connection between food and mood, and I wrote my senior year thesis on the idea of using nutritional therapy for mood disorders. I spent the year writing and researching, and I think it’s still my favorite piece to this date, even though my writing style has evolved a lot since then! It’s just my favorite topic to explore, and it’s very underrated.
As our Media Moment, What is something you’d like to share with our followers?
In addition to blogging and writing articles, I also love writing fiction. A dream of mine is to publish a young adult novel. I love coming of age stories, and I hope to write one of my own.