Candace Bushnell, bestselling author and ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ creator, dishes about how she got started, mentors and having a thick skin in her business
The international bestselling author who launched the empire better known as Sex and the City is at it again. Candace Bushnell‘s latest novel, Summer and the City, documenting Carrie Bradshaw’s days when she first arrived in New York City, has hit the shelves.
“I love going back in time,” Candace says of the current book. “The Sex and the City‘ women don’t exist in a vacuum, they’re created by social and economic factors.” Plus, she says the book is “a really fun way to visit the characters we know and love in a different time.”
Lucky for us, we had a chance to sit down with the talented author at New York Women in Communications’ event at Saks Fifth Avenue. She graciously provided career advice to aspiring writers not unlike the character she created! Plus, she revealed a little tidbit that a “prequel is under consideration” in terms of a project such as, perhaps, a movie.
Get Back in the Saddle
When it comes to her own writing career, Candace recalls, “When I was that age, I was really ballsy. I wasn’t scared.” Here’s the thing: If you want to ride horses, she mentions you’ll get back in the saddle and keep riding, right? If you want to play tennis, go out to the court and hit some balls. So, too if you want to write, sit down to write. Simple enough, right?
“A huge advantage is the Internet and blogs,” she notes. “When we were in college, we had tons of newspapers and I’d write for newspapers. People notice good work.” But if you’re afraid of rejection and people noticing bad work, too it’s time to get a thick skin. “You have to be strong-minded,” she advises. “People who come back from rejection are the people who make it.”
Be a Trailblazer!
During her talk to NYWICI, Candace mentioned she didn’t have a mentor and in fact, you need to be your own mentor. “I never had a mentor so does that mean I can’t be successful? You need to be your own mentor and be a trailblazer.”
Most importantly, she emphasizes the importance of being yourself. “Figure out what is unique with you, your voice and you have to develop that. Oprah was a model of that.”
Then the quintessential New Yorker added: “Women should help each other always. You need women friends to survive because men will not take care of you here.”
So, what would the talented writer do if she wasn’t writing? With a smile, she indicates, “I’d probably be dead.”
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