I’m a learner. I learn by reading and writing. I also learn by doing, but that’s much more awkward as I’m not flexible or coordinated, so I prefer to stick with my books and laptop. That’s why I love blogging so much – it forces me to articulate the things I’m learning.
I love self-help books, trying new recipes, and dancing like a lunatic to blaring music in my kitchen. I enjoy coffee and wine, especially with friends. I’m a serious popcorn-aholic and admittedly binge-watch way too much Netflix on the weekends. (It’s obviously research.)
Writing cred: I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, in 2013. Out of college, my work has been published in Michigan newspapers where I shared other people’s stories. Now, as a communications professional in the marketing world, I am a ghostwriter. I primarily write blog posts, email campaigns, and social media content, and I dabble in writing website content, RFPs, and other random projects my boss throws at me. My clients are varied, so I write about things like the real estate market, food, car safety, home improvement, technology, and insurance. I also love to edit just about anything, so I do.
One of my favorite things in life in NaNoWriMo. Thanks to my short-lived discipline during the past few Novembers, I have a few first drafts of YA fantasy stories. I’m currently editing one and probably hating another (because of the editing). On that note, editing other people’s work is way more fun than editing my own, but the tedium will be worth it when I get to share my stories with the world someday.
Find a running list of my blog posts at this link.
Writing story: I loved journaling, writing poetry, and making up stories as a child. Yet, when my parents told me to go read a book when I said I was bored, I didn’t want to. (Yeah, I’ve always been stubborn.) As a teenager, I finally wormed my way out of that stubbornness and started to love reading.
When it was time to go to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but everyone kept asking. My two favorite classes were choir and English. What did I pick? Choir. I decided to be a music education major. During my second year in the music education double major, I started to hate music. I didn’t even want to listen to the radio. During my third semester, I had to talk to my music professors and tell them the truth. They understood and encouraged me to find my new path. I received backlash from other music ed students, but I knew it wasn’t the right path for me. I loved music, and I still do, but I knew I’d be a fraud if I tried to become a high school choir director. So, I spoke to the English professors and decided to become a writing major. My fourth semester was easier than all the others because I finally found my calling – words.
After receiving my writing degree (and music minor), I set out to make money as a writer. I have worked at a newspaper, in the communication department at a community college, and at a public library. All of these experiences have taught me writing lessons and have led me to where I am today.
If you think you have to be broke and starving to be a writer, think again. There are so many different positions out there, in offices and online, that need writers. Some won’t pay well, but some will. If you find yourself stuck and waiting for the right writing gig, don’t lose faith. Just keep writing (and applying to better jobs).