How Newspaper Reporting Helped Jennifer Weiner Become a Better Novelist

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

As a follow-up to my earlier blog post about Jennifer Weiner’s talk at The Poynter Institute, you can read a related piece I put together for Poynter Online.

Weiner’s latest book, “Best Friends Forever,” just made it to the number one spot on The New York Times‘ best-seller list this week. Pretty exciting!

From Poynter Online piece:

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, whose seventh book, “Best Friends Forever,” came out in stores last week, recently visited The Poynter Institute to talk with local community members about her life as a journalist turned novelist.

During her talk she shared insights into how her work as a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter helped her become a novelist, and why the skills she acquired as a journalist made her a better writer.

Weiner, who attended Poynter’s fellowship for young journalists in 1991, also shared witty and thoughtful tips on how she gets inspiration for books, how she deals with criticism and how she balances life as a full-time mother, wife and writer.

Here are edited excerpts from Weiner’s talk. …