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The author of Goodreads BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR

The author of five New York Times bestselling books, author Alexandra Robbins is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism (given by the Medill School of Journalism), a 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (given by the National Women's Political Caucus), and the winner of the 2014 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2014 June Roth Award for Medical Journalism. She has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Forbes. Robbins regularly appears in the n
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Alexandra Robbins Hi D.D. When I'm in research mode, I'll aim for up to 8 hours a day (perhaps 12 when I'm on deadline). When I'm writing, I try not to make it too…moreHi D.D. When I'm in research mode, I'll aim for up to 8 hours a day (perhaps 12 when I'm on deadline). When I'm writing, I try not to make it too formulaic. Sometimes I'm in the groove, sometimes I'm not. When I'm not, I try to focus on something else (reporting, research, connecting with readers on Facebook or attempting to catch up on reader emails), because I think that when people force themselves to write, the writing feels forced.(less)
Alexandra Robbins Hi Jimmeaha, I'm so sorry I didn't see this question until now! I was in touch with the "main characters" in "The Geeks" as often as possible.…moreHi Jimmeaha, I'm so sorry I didn't see this question until now! I was in touch with the "main characters" in "The Geeks" as often as possible. Sometimes our discussions lasted for hours.

The most concise advice I can give to someone just starting out as a narrative journalist is to remember that 1) you're telling stories and 2) they are not your stories. What this means is 1) From a writing perspective, you want readers to feel like you're taking them on a journey with a narrative arc. Don't just report facts. Tell a story. Immerse yourself in the details. Make readers care about your sources. Aim to write in a way that makes readers itching to know what happens next.

And 2, From a reporting perspective, really listen to what your sources are saying - and what they're trying to say - so that you can ask them good questions, and do right by them when you tell their story. Transcribe everything they tell you, because when you review your notes later, you'll more often than not spot something that you should follow up on.(less)
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Alexandra Robbins Rachel wrote: "hi Alexandra, thanks for being my first friend on Goodreads. by the way: I heard that you graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda Maryland. Me too! Class of 2013. :) At the Whitman libr..."

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Rachel hi Alexandra, thanks for being my first friend on Goodreads. by the way: I heard that you graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda Maryland. Me too! Class of 2013. :) At the Whitman library they have 3 of your books and when I checked out Overachievers the librarian told me about you! I'm honored. thank you.


message 19: by Eric

Eric Birk Thank you for becoming my Goodreads friend.
Eric


message 18: by Amy

Amy Armstrong Hi Alexandra, thanks for the friendship!


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 16: by Andrea

Andrea Thanks for the friendship:)


message 15: by Robert

Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Alexandra.


message 14: by Maryann

Maryann Congratulations on your novel voted best non-fiction :)


message 13: by Krisi

Krisi Bacher I'm a college senior, and I just wanted to tell you after I read Overachievers, I got to feel better about myself. I am no where near the level of most of the students in your book, but I feel like the overachievers, and the things they're struggling with is very over looked. I used it as a topic starter in one of my education classes.


message 12: by Mona (last edited Nov 18, 2011 12:32PM)

Mona Oh, I subscribe to Marie Claire, one of my favorite zines. I'll definitely check out the interview.


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Mona Hello Alexandra :)

Voted! Good luck.


Alexandra Robbins Josh wrote: "Hi Ms. Robbins, I'm quite honored to be your Goodreads friend! I loved The Overachievers. Keep up the great work!"

Thanks, Josh! Goodreads friends can drop the Ms. - you can just call me Alexandra : )


message 9: by Josh

Josh Hi Ms. Robbins, I'm quite honored to be your Goodreads friend! I loved The Overachievers. Keep up the great work!


Alexandra Robbins Kelly/yllektra wrote: "Thanks for adding me! :)"
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Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)


Alexandra Robbins Amy wrote: "I just read your interview in Marie Claire! Loved it & I can't wait to read the new book!"

Thanks, Amy!


message 5: by Amy

Amy I just read your interview in Marie Claire! Loved it & I can't wait to read the new book!


Colton Manbeck Not a whole lot! I had to join this for school so I am not entirely sure if ill ever be on again.


Alexandra Robbins Amy wrote: "I read your book Pledged & I loved it!! Great writing!"

Thanks, Amy!


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Amy I read your book Pledged & I loved it!! Great writing!


Maryann I'm honoured by your add, Ms.Robbins. Thanks so much, Good luck in your later endeavours :) Hope I can read more of your work.


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