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Don't Quit Your Day Job

​ After I left my corporate job last year I had decided I wanted to pursue my creative side and start writing more frequently.  I was really enjoying getting the chance to riff on things that interested me and totally loved writing about things that would make people laugh.  And somewhere on the way to trying to be funny, I decided that if I was truly worthy of making it as a writer, I should get a full-fledged job writing somewhere so that I could hone my craft.

All I can say is big mistake.  I took a writing job, but unfortunately, the kind of writing I had to do was in someone else's voice.  Which means I had to adapt my own style to fit their standards.  And I have to admit, I struggled.  Over and over again I'd write something that never saw the light of day.  But when I'd submit my usual funny stuff, they'd post it and I'd get a great response.  

Finally, after 4 months torturing myself trying to write about topics I could care less about, being frantic about having to interview people because I was on deadline and then, not seeing my work published, I was officially axed.  And so, I have officially failed at my very first writing job.  At first, I was bummed that I couldn't cut it, but then I realized, I like my voice.  I like being funny and from here on out, I am not going to curb my style for anyone.  

The great thing about pursuing your passion for writing is that it should never feel like a job.  The moment writing became a job was the moment I started hating it.  And so, now that I can write about anything that strikes my fancy, I am thrilled to get the chance to finally be myself again. 

Posted in: Role Mommy Confessions, Undercover Mom on 05/25/2008

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