I started writing as a teenager and haven't stopped since. The topic doesn't matter. To be effective, it's all about how the story is told. That's where my passion lies. I always want my writing to get an emotional reaction, to maybe wake someone up to a new way of thinking or acting. To make a difference.
I'm also one of those people who get annoyed when they see a mistake in a sentence or a misspelled word. I've been known to correct tweets, emails and text messages. I think if someone is writing something, they should do it right. I constantly strive to produce the perfect sentence, paragraph and story. Since no one is perfect, I'll settle for excellence. Writing and telling a great story is what I strive to do best and love most.
It’s been about what I expected, sometimes it seems I’m moving forward, other times not so much. Pretty much like anything.
I’ve been focused on a twin approach to my next career step for about the last three months. Looking for a full-time job that would still let me use my writing and editing skills in a stable environment that pays me a livable wage. Not too much to ask, I don’t think. And the second approach has been to research, network and apply – or bid, as the case may be – for freelance work.
If the internet and social media are so fast, why does it seem like it takes us longer and longer to communicate?
That conundrum, if you will, struck me some time ago, when I received an email from a friend I’ve known since junior high school. (Guess you can tell how old I might be, right? You don’t hear “junior high” much anymore, it’s been “middle school” for some time.) We’ve stayed in touch off and on over the years, but not regularly. I lived on the opposite side of Colorado, so it wasn’t like we could meet for dinner or drinks whenever we felt like getting together.
My last blog post was all about how I wasn’t too inspired to learn some new skills and knowledge to take my career search in a certain direction. As chance would have it, fate stepped in soon after that to get me moving in another – and familiar – direction.
Someone in one of the Denver-area Meetup groups I was following sent a link to a three-part video series from a freelance web developer, Ryan Waggoner. While some of the tips, advice and recommendations he gave came from his profession, most of it can be likely be applied to a lot of other professions. Including writing. Continue reading “Do what you do best”→
As part of my job search – or, as I like to call it, my career advancement – plan, I’ve been watching some professional learning videos on sites like Lynda.com. They’ve been well done, informative and educational.