[Creators Spotlight]: Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Not everyone will be “your people" - Lynda Dietz
In this series “Creators Spotlight”, we are asking our creators about their journey. Watch out for them sharing their journey and getting candid with us. Today we have with us Lynda Dietz. Lynda, a freelance book editor, copyeditor, and content creator at heart, talks about the most memorable moments from her childhood and talks about various aspects of being a content creator!
Creators are the heart and soul of Tealfeed. As they continuously work towards feeding us more information every day, it's only fitting to bring out their journey for the world to know.
In this series “Creators Spotlight”, we are asking our creators about their journey. Watch out for them sharing their journey and getting candid with us.
Today we have with us Lynda Dietz. Lynda, a freelance book editor, copyeditor, and content creator at heart, talks about the most memorable moments from her childhood and talks about various aspects of being a content creator!
Continue reading to find out more!
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? What lessons did that person or those people teach you?
My biggest influence, both in my childhood and adulthood, was an aunt who always encouraged me to pursue what I loved.
She was a fearsome cheerleader for me, supporting my choices and goals, making me want to do better. She was both a friend and a mentor to me until her death only a few years ago.
Tell us about your childhood, what was the best part? Is there any specific incident that has largely influenced the kind of person you are today?
The best part of my childhood was spending time with my grandmothers. Each of them invested their time in me in completely different ways: one of them taught me to bake, and showed her love to me and other family members through her homemade goodies (some of the recipes I still use today to show love to my own family).
The other would stop whatever she was doing to play games with me. Game-playing Grandma also had an old piano she encouraged me to play on, always telling me she enjoyed hearing it being used. She inspired me to teach myself how to play, and now one of the ways I earn money is as a musician.
Where is your hometown, and what was it like when you were young?
I grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania in the US. It was (and still is, to some degree) a place where most people knew each other and racial intolerance was so ingrained that I didn’t realize how much bigotry had surrounded me until I left home for college.
How important a role does content play in your life? Are you a full-time content creator? Why did you start creating content?
I’ve always been a reader, immersing myself in worlds created by others through books. As a result, writing has served as a sort of therapy for me, allowing me to share my thoughts with others, educate people about the things I’ve learned, and help others to write their own thoughts more cohesively.
I started a blog around the time I started my copyediting business, and I found that my conversational style of writing resonated with readers and encouraged dialogue with me and with other readers in the comments section.
I now write helpful posts for writers from a professional editor’s point of view, and I also write more personal posts that don’t necessarily have anything to do with my business, more to share my life experiences with those who may have had similar experiences.
What’s that one aspect of being a content creator no one talks about?
I think I can speak for many, if not most, content creators when I say the general public doesn’t value what it takes to create good content. The idea that “anyone” can create something usable, or readable, or workable, really diminishes the true artists out there.
Content creators work hard to produce excellence, whether it’s a book, a product, a tool, a piece of music, or a software program. It takes time, education (whether formal or self-taught, depending on the content involved), and the discipline to work at that skill until you put out a product that someone wants because they can’t do it themselves as well as you can.
What’s the most satisfying part of being a content creator?
The most satisfying part of being a content creator is that there are no limits to creativity and the way we present ourselves. Whether it’s through writing or art, or any other creative pursuit, every piece is as individual as the creator.
Every piece comes from a different point of view that’s been formed from past experiences. I love seeing something I’ve written when I know it’s the best I can put out there. I’ve done my research and am hopefully helping someone else in their own pursuit of growth in their craft.
What are you up to currently and what are your long-term career goals?
Life is in a state of flux right now, to be truthful. Just when things seem predictable, they’re not. Isn’t that just the way things go for everyone, though? As a woman in her mid-fifties, I can say with all practicality that my long-term career goals all fall within a fifteen- to twenty-year range.
I’m at a comfortable place where I have two creative jobs I love: editing/writing and music. I’d love to continue to grow my skills as a musician until my body gets too old to cooperate, and I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t continue to grow my editing business each year by adding new clients and new services.
What drives you to create content regularly?
The thing that drives me to create content regularly is really the urge to write. To get things off my chest or to share personal things with the hope of helping someone.
To educate a writer by showing how to avoid common mistakes I see while I’m editing someone’s manuscript. The near-compulsion to share for the sake of sharing.
What’s the most challenging part of being a content creator?
The challenge when coming up with content is as much about the “how” as the “what” in many cases. I might want to write about something, but I need to figure out how to present the material in a unique way—material that may be out there in abundance, but putting my own twist on it for a new audience.
It’s also a challenge to come up with things I haven’t said before myself. I don’t like when people put out a huge quantity of content, but all of it is shallow; I’d rather be a slower producer if it means my writing is more thorough and therefore more helpful to whoever finds it online.
How do you make sure that you aren’t affected by nasty comments and negative things said about you?
I think it’s hard to ignore negative comments, even when we say it shouldn’t bother us. But I try to keep in mind that some people love being negative, and they thrive on creating discord and disunity wherever they are, just to sit back and watch the fallout.
I also remind myself that if someone doesn’t like my content, it’s not the same as them saying they don’t like me as a person. On the other hand, if they don’t like me personally, then I take a look at my relationship with that person to see if I’ve given them a reason for it. If they’re a stranger, then it’s not my problem.
If they’re a friend or an acquaintance, then there may be issues I should deal with to remedy the situation. It helps to know that nobody will ever be liked by 100 percent of the people they know, so I do the best I can and let the rest fall away. If someone reacts negatively to my content, I try to have a reasonable discussion with them with as little defensiveness on my end as possible—nobody has ever won a shouting match on the internet.
Anything else you would like our audience to know about you!
I love to laugh, and my favorite friends are those who fill me, rather than those who drain me. There is plenty in life to be sad or negative about, but if I save my anger or negativity for the really big things, then it’s not overwhelming because more and more things just don’t seem all that big.
How would you want people to remember you?
I’d like them to remember that I can almost always find the humor in a situation, and that I think loving people should come first instead of being judgmental.
What's success for you and when you would consider yourself to be successful?
I already consider myself successful. I’ve been married for over 30 years to a man who still laughs at my jokes; I have three adult children I get along with and actually like; I even have two daughters-in-law who like me too; my closest friends are terrific supporters and some of the funniest people I know; I have two jobs doing what I love so I can be creative in more than one way. It doesn’t get more successful than that.
Who’s your favorite creator? Why?
I don’t know that I have a favorite. I enjoy creators who make me think, though, whether it’s through a comic strip, a drawing, a book, a song, or a beautifully designed building.
To every individual who’s planning to start out as a content creator, what would you like to advise them?
Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Find what you love and tell people about it via whatever means you use to get your creativity out there. Not everyone will be “your people,” but your true people will be there to build you up.
Few maintain consistency, few remain unique, and fewer are the ones who do both of these right, and earn a spot in Tealfeed Spotlight.