Author of My Own Career
I was reading a fellow blogger’s article, in which he briefly wrote people making their mark on the world. It got me thinking about my own life and where I am going.
Right now I have a rather cushy (by cushy I do not mean financially successful, but a good work to pay ratio) job. I support smart phone applications. I don’t design them, I just help see them to fruition and then monitor feedback, report on performance, and help with all the odds and ends. That’s all fine and dandy, and I’m not too stressed out with my job, but it has no upward momentum. There is nowhere I can go from here. I am at the highest tier.
Some people would be happy to sit where I am and coast through until retirement. I am not one of those people. Partly, that is why I am writing these blogs. It’s not because I think that someone will someday stumble across my writing and pay me millions to keep doing it (although I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea…). The reason I write is because I need practice. One day I’d love to write for a living. To me, it’s the perfect job.
I am not under any illusion that I will be rich as a writer. The main reason I want to even do it is because I think the art of using personal experience to project a story woven with carefully crafted words is magnificent. When I say personal experience, I don’t mean only write about things I’ve done. I think of writing as a form of acting. I use emotions and similar situations to create fictional situations. Sometimes I even throw in personal events for my own amusement.
That being said, I must have a backup plan. I have a wife and kids to feed after all. Right now, my writing takes second place to my day job. So my descending list of possible career moves goes like this:
A) Stay in day job, write on the side hoping one day to flourish into a published writer full-time.
B) Figure out some other career path and follow it, work my fingers to the bone and forget writing, die exhausted and unfulfilled.
C) Win Lottery, quit day job, travel the world and write.
This list is more of a joke, but you get the point. I’d like to get good enough that I like what I am writing and feel confident in it. At that point I’d like to write professionally for others so that they can also enjoy it.
That’s not to say writing is my only ambition. I want to be an architect, engineer, game programmer, zoologist, and probably a few other things. My realization though, was that I cannot be all of the things that I want to be, so the best I can do is pick the one that is the most attainable and start on it. Sure, I can still study the others as a hobby. As a matter of fact, the thing I like about writing is that it lets you research other things to write about them. I wouldn’t be surprised if I included all of these things in my writing eventually.
For now, I continue on, learning the tricks of the trade and trying to learn from other writers. When most people read Hemingway, Twain, or Tolstoy they focus on the characters and the story. When I read it, I focus on how the words come together and the make-up of the plot. There is a lot I have to learn, but I will keep learning because it is the way out of all of this.
If you pass the bookshelf sometime in the future and you see my name on the cover, just know how hard I worked to get to that point. If you never see my name on the cover, then I am still trying to reach it. Until then.