Marisa Russello

Marisa Russello is a writer, editor, mental health advocate, & teacher.

I dictated my first book to my mom at age five. Since the earliest time I picked up a pencil, I enjoyed scribbling on blank paper, whether drawing or imagining I was writing words. I've loved writing ever since, and my big dream became to publish a novel.

My passions include creating beautiful, meaningful language as well as connecting with and supporting others in a variety of ways. This site focuses on my writing—both fiction and nonfiction—and editing. To find out about my other work, please visit my LinkedIn page.

Marisa as a child writer with a pen in her mouth and feet up on a desk.
Marisa Russello wearing a jean jacket.

Unfortunately, I believed people when they said writing was a hobby, not a “real job,” instead of believing in myself. I let others make decisions for me, and I lost sight of my goals. Because of this, I took a long break from creative writing during college and my time working as an NYC public school teacher.

After experiencing a major turning point in my life in 2017 and reflecting, I realized what’s most important to me. Now I’m finally prioritizing my writing by working on a memoir. Words can influence people in powerful ways, and I’d like to make an impact on others with mine.

Latest Posts

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How to Talk Like a Normie: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Autistic

The answer to “How are you?” should never be the truth. When a person greets you, they’re not actually listening. Respond “Fine” or “Good” and reciprocate the question, ignoring their response.On Mondays, the follow up to your greeting should be, “How was your weekend?” When someone asks this, always say, “It was great!” and mention…

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Talking About Suicide Helps Us Stay Alive

One winter evening in early 2019, I relaxed on a blue sofa as about six people trickled into a dimly lit room for that night’s peer support meeting, which I was leading. After greeting each other and grabbing coffee or flavored seltzer, everyone joined the circle of comfy couches and chairs. I began the session…

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Stability Network Profile

Marisa had quite a start to her first job out of college. After teaching middle school for a week, she began having delusions and paranoia, not recognizing and becoming suspicious of those around her. She later found out she was experiencing an episode of manic psychosis and received a diagnosis of bipolar I with psychotic…