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SATC Author Candace Bushnell Dishes Her Career Advice
"You have to put the drama on the page and not in your life - so I’m very disciplined"
Art Girls Jungle 19 Feb 2019

One of our favorite authors, Sex and the City Author Sex and the City Author Candace Bushnell’s Business Tips, recently dished her business tips to The Cut. As she releases her latest book Is there still Sex in the City?, we have lined up our favorite takeaways from the legendary writer, which any art girl can benefit from.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and writer Candace Bushnell attend the opening night celebration of the New York City Ballet at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on November 25, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Be confident.

“At the beginning of my career — and maybe through all of it — is not having enough confidence. Too much beating oneself up and absorbing negative messages. When I first started out in the ’80s and ’90s there were a lot of negative messages toward women. I was told nobody will want to publish a book about a young woman in New York City. That was before Sex and the City.”

Tune out the negativity.

“I guess I wish I knew a little bit better not to listen to the negative voices out there. And sometimes it’s just easier to listen to the negative voices

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Do things differently.

She writes standing up: “I started writing standing up three or four years ago; I read somewhere that it was healthier. I have a little office in my house with a Varidesk, and a large computer monitor, so I don’t work on a laptop. Once I’m up, I don’t usually sit down.”

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Always be on the lookout for new inspiration.

“Inspiration comes from doing some work, and then it’s just a problem-solving situation. It’s really about setting up the circumstances, doing a bit of work, taking a break … for me it’s really about being in the head. Sometimes when you look something up on the internet and a little piece of something falls into place.”

Her biggest asset is self-discipline.

“You have to put the drama on the page and not in your life so I’m very disciplined. I write seven days a week. I try not to take [time off] because once I stop writing, it’s really hard to get back into it again. And that’s the thing that always is the most worrisome. I feel like I spend my whole life planned around writing.”

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Text by Nadja Sayej
Images by coveteur, wmagazine, closerweekly

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