Lexie von Zedlitz

  • Peer Tutor

Lexie is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, and minoring in psychology and American culture studies. Her other roles on campus include working as editor-in-chief of Spires, WUSTL’s arts and literary magazine, and playing on the women’s club volleyball team. In her free time, Lexie enjoys spending time outside with her friends, watching movies, and perfecting how to cook Trader Joe’s potstickers.

What brought you to The Writing Center?

I think collaboration is what brought me to The Writing Center. In the past, I’ve viewed writing as somewhat of a lonely process, hours spent alone at the library typing away, but I’ve quickly learned that’s not how it has to be! Whether it’s workshops during class, or bouncing ideas off of my friends, I’ve found that working with others has greatly improved my outlook on the writing process, and I love sharing that sense of community with other students at The Writing Center.

What do you like most about working with writers at The Writing Center?

What I enjoy most about working with students at The Writing Center is getting to know the person sitting in front of me. I find writing to be a very vulnerable experience, and I really enjoy taking the time to sit down with someone and talk through their thoughts and opinions. I learn things that I never would have been exposed to otherwise!

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Getting started. There have been countless times I’ve sat staring at an empty word document with no clue where to begin, and just crafting that first sentence has left me feeling totally stuck in the past. I think most of this comes from the fear that what I eventually do write won’t be good enough, or sound smart enough, and that anxiety has sometimes kept me from writing anything at all. But, I’ve found that just typing out that first sentence—even if it’s “bad”—makes the rest feel much more doable (and often times that “terrible” first sentence doesn’t end up being as bad as you think!).

What advice do you have for writers?

Don’t be too hard on yourself! One aspect of the writing process that I often forget, is that it is a process. Crafting a piece of writing takes drafts and revisions, and you’re rarely going to nail it the first time. I’ve found that instead of getting down on myself when something doesn’t sound right, or two ideas dont fit together well enough, allowing myself the time and space to figure things out leads to more positive breakthroughs in the end.