In my last post, I was on a mission to pursue my career in writing and I decided to put myself out there despite any negative reaction that I may have received, hell you don’t know what you’re gonna get unless you try for it right?, So that’s what I did, I tried.
That day I decided to write down every little thought I could possibly come up with, I’d open up my writing app on my phone and just start typing. Not necessarily knowing where I was going and if I didn’t know the direction I was going with the writing, I would simply read what I wrote and think of a different road to take it down.
So while I was at work, I ran into a friend of mine who was on a committee for a local festival and I decided to take my chance and offer my writing services, I offered to write a mock-up and submit it to the committee and he agreed.
That night I went home and just began writing, I attempted to romanticized the idea of the subject. How I would feel in that situation and used that to fuel my creative juices.
After I was done furiously typing those keys, I was left satisfied with my results and I’m nervously excited for people to actually read something I worked on.
I was about to email the article to the committee head when I was starting to second guess myself. Which is always a terrible feeling and an even more terrible idea to act on it, which I did.
I decided to include a formal written intro and make my piece sound a little more business than romanticized. It had facts and dates and just other formality’s that I felt needed to be included. Once that was completed I emailed it off and waited for the first scheduled meeting the next day.
The meeting was scheduled at a local coffee shop which was nice because if there’s one thing I enjoy in this world, is a damn fine cup of coffee. I walked into the room and we all said hello and shook hands and took a seat. I introduced myself to the head of the marketing team and we began. I was handed the revised and edited version of my article and to my surprised they loved it and only minor changes were asked and again to my surprise, the changes they wanted to exclude was the formality’s that I begrudgingly added during my second guessing period. I ensured them I was correct the changes and email it back upon its completion.
The meeting went well and I left that day with a feeling of accomplishment. It was nice. I immediately called my wife to tell her the good news and that I was hired on to write 10 pieces for the festival.
If you take anything away from this piece it should be that no matter what it is you want to do in this crazy thing we call life, it’s putting yourself out there. Taking that giant leap of faith and hoping you know what you’re getting yourself into. If it’s going to bring a positive change to your life. do it!. what’s the worst that can happen?. Failure is only when you give up on something that you believe is achievable.
The second thing is to never second guess yourself. If your comfortable with what you have done why would you second guess it? that was my mistake and luckily it was minor.
Once again thanks for reading the modern typewriter and have a yourself a damn cup of coffee and go after what you want.
The Modern Typewriter Luke