Writers, according to Caitlin Corsetti, are “notorious daydreamers” in every sense. “You could say that's all writing is — just putting the daydreams onto paper,” explained the Atlanta-based writer and editor for our Daydream Artist Series.
After working in New York City’s fast-paced editorial world, Caitlin relocated to her hometown of Atlanta where she stumbled upon a successful career in advertising. Here, she’s worked with major brands like Nike and Delta, crafting creative copy while also finding the time to work on a book trilogy and co-host a comedic podcast that she started with her best friend.
Despite her busy schedule, Caitlin graciously made time for the Reverie team to talk about the creative writing process (spoiler: she doesn’t have one!) and why quarantine prompted her to revisit a collection of poems she’d been daydreaming about — which you can read below.
Q: Tell us a little about you and what you do.
Caitlin: I’m Caitlin Corsetti, a writer and editor living in Atlanta, Georgia with my fiancé and three dogs. I’ve been professionally writing since I was in high school, many moons ago. My career started in editorial at a glamorous (lol) website in New York. After a few years of the hustle and bustle, my anxiety hit an all-time high, so I came back to Atlanta and got into advertising by accident. I’ve worked with some huge clients like Nike and Delta. Now, I’m doing amazing work for non-profits and social good. It’s so rewarding to go to sleep knowing my clients are changing the world for the better.
Q: Tell us about your process and inspiration behind your artwork.
Caitlin: My process is to stare at the screen or paper until words come out. I don’t have a set process, which will shock many of my friends because I’m so Type A and have a plan for everything. I don’t know. Writing is just what I do so I just do the thing.
Q: What is your daydream and how can people feel inspired to daydream during these tough times?
Caitlin: I daydream all the time! We writers are notorious daydreamers, and you could say that's all writing is — just putting the daydreams onto paper. I’ve recently been daydreaming about my wedding, which has now been postponed due to *gestures wildly at everything* this. We had to push our wedding out by a whole year! It’s unfortunate, but my fiancé and I are lucky we have each other and our crazy dogs. A friend told me, “I think you are someone whose stories get to be so great,” which was such a neat perspective. I’ve lived through a lot of chaos and ridiculous circumstances, and yeah, I have some pretty damn good stories as a result. So I've been trying to keep that in mind to stop myself from going insane. That and a lot of wine.
Q: What do you hope people will take away from this piece?
Caitlin: So I actually wrote these poems a loooong time ago. I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately and decided to revisit some old creative writing pieces. I found one that was literally about daydreaming and then fell into a rabbit hole of my own writing. I reworked them and ta-da! #freshpoems
This ~collection~ was originally inspired by heartbreaks I suffered when I was younger. It was interesting for me to go back and read how I was feeling (read: melodramatic, shattered, etc.) at that time. These pieces reflect the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. I’m so unbelievably happy now with my fiancé and the life we're building. Those relationships seem like they happened to another person. My heartbreak now is having to postpone my wedding, but, like, I still get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend and favorite person. And at the end of the day, I won all the breakups because it led me to this wonderful human.
One thing I’ve learned as a writer is that we are all works in progress. Ten years ago, I was much less jaded than I am now — but I’m a much better writer today. Being able to take something from the past and mold it to create something better was really cool for me. Doing that during this time reminded me that things aren’t always easy, but we have opportunities to grow and evolve. And we have opportunities to be like, “I’m not doing anything. I’m going to watch Criminal Minds for 12 hours and stuff my face.” There’s nothing wrong with either direction!
Q: How can the community view more of your work and connect?
Caitlin: You can find my work on www.caitlincorsetti.com and connect with me on Twitter and Instagram (both @caitlincorsetti), but I will never have a TikTok. I also have a really fun podcast with my BFF Carmen Harbour called This Fucking Guy where we tell stories about crazy, fun, absurd people from history.