Society & Culture
EPISODE 18: Part 1-- Going viral...writer discovers surprising gifts amid storm of negativity
In part 1 of this week's two-part series, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, shares the harrowing experience of her first book release in 2012 that led to a surprising life-changing self-discovery about the power of self-reflective writing. When an excerpt of her memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine, appears online April 1, 2012, on AOL/HuffPo, and under the most salacious headline imaginable, Tracy wants to believe this is some sort of elaborate April Fool's joke. But it's not. Soon, the article has attracted hundreds of unflattering comments filled with anger and slut-shaming attempts, and Tracy's college students plead with her not to read the comments. Later in the day, the Daily Mail contacts her for an interview, and Tracy's beginning to believe this could be her final day as an assistant professor. "Don't read the comments," she hears throughout the day from students, her daughter, and friends. But Tracy does read the comments. Every. Single. Comment. And makes a startling self-discovery!
Be sure to return Thursday, March 20, to hear Tracy share her proven workshop method for helping writers find the stories of their own lives!
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