Monday, April 21, 2008


Just in case anyone actually reads this, sorry for the break in between posts. From working a weird schedule at work for a few weeks, enjoying the start of spring and feeling a little stumped with writing, I hadn't really thought of much to say.

Lately though, I've been trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. My current job is not bad and could be a fine career for me. But I am feeling like when I look back, much later on, I don't want to see endless days spent in a cubicle in front of a computer as the sum of my life. When in college, I thought being a travel writer would be an awesome job. I could see the world, experience other cultures, learn new languages and be outside. I have no idea how to go about pursuing this job and there is no set path. Probably being a writer first would be a good step.

Half of my problem in pursuing my dream is that I'm scared. I have no idea if anything I write would be any good. I was an English Lit major in school, I read books and wrote research papers, I didn't write anything creatively. Creative Writing. That probably would have been a better major choice, hindsight is always clearer.

I think the other half of the problem is that at this point in my life I finally am making enough money to support myself. If I totally switched career paths I would probably have to take a pay cut. Which I guess I could suck up and do, but I have bills and responsibilities... so do I want to?


Anonymous said...

1st, the great thing about writing is it costs no more then the price of pen and pad. Also, you really don’t need to quit your job to do it... My advise is this...
Start writing if that is what you want to do. No need for creative writing class, just sit down, and write until your hand feels like it will fall off. If this is something you feel passionate about make it your purpose and do it.
“I have no idea if anything I write would be any good.”
Pour your heart into it, polish it, abandon it and then let the world decide how good it is. Doubting yourself leads only to more doubt...and being you will always be your own worst critic, you may as well learn to ignore those bad reviews now.
Also, two other suggestions if you’re interested.
* Read Amy Hempel if you haven’t already.
** Learn to meditate. This site is bare bones free lessons.

HLW said...

Thanks for the advice, I will try to heed it well.