When Linda Karlsson was 6, she wrote a story that made her mother cry. She has been writing ever since.
She mostly wrote fiction, introspective and therapeutic pieces about her personal experience. But this changed when she was on a backpacking trip in Asia.
“I travelled through villages where families, consisting of five or six, lived in tents,” Karlsson said. “This experience inspired me to pursue editorial writing in my career.”
She wanted to tell the stories of the people she saw, and so began pursuing journalism to develop the tools to do so.
“Telling stories of people less fortunate than others is inspiring to me in many ways,” Karlsson said. “It inspires my creativity as far as writing goes, and it inspires me to be a better person in general.”
Although she wants to inspire readers through the stories she tells, there is one more step left before she can do it full-time. She moved from Stockholm, Sweden to go to school at San Diego State University, and then transferred to San Francisco State University to pursue her newfound editorial goals.
In a few short semesters she will be out of academia and able to start her career. Karlsson will finally be able to meet people like the ones she saw when she was traveling. She will be able to tell their stories.
“I would love to travel to countries where people are less fortunate than we are here in the West,” Karlsson said. “I believe that learning about how life can be unfair and unequal helps us stay humble and perhaps even appreciate how fortunate many of us are.”
Even though academia has given her many skills, there’s still one aspect of writing that she is never been fully at ease with and which school hasn’t been able to help her with.
“I’m never content with my writing,” Karlsson said. “Every time I write a story or an article, I re-write and edit it 1,000 times!
“I think this is part of being a writer though; we tend to be perfectionists.”