Saturday, May 19, 2007

Can a wanna be writer have a career in writing?

Let me start off by saying I have a day job I love and an evening job that has gotten lost in the shuffle over the last couple weeks. I've found that if I don't write something on a daily basis I feel like I loose some of my creativity. Wierd I know. It then takes a few days of writing absolute crap for the right side fo my brain to kick in and remember what I am working on.

What has this got to do with my day job? Well a posting came up for a writing clerk in my head office. A WRITING CLERK!! I stood there with butterflies in my tummy staring at the sheet wondering if I could do it.

It would involve commuting to downtown Toronto every day which seriously sucks, but for me it is a dream job. I think. To tell the truth I am terrified to apply. What if I get told that I suck. My writing is terrible.....well it wouldn't stop me from writing anyways. I'd be writing everyday and that is good exercise to keep me going on all my projects.

I've gotten excellent support from the few people I told I was interested in this position. My coworker told me she will never let me live it down if I don't apply. My assistant manager simply said she was going to miss me. My mum? well read below. *G*

So I guess I am going to go for it. Now I have to write a resume *ugh*

O.K. Deep breath in thru the nose out thru the mouth! No farting!

Now apply for the job!

It sounds wonderful. It is perfect for you AND if you worked from home it would be freak'n wonderful. Imagine all summer out by the pool with a NEW lap top with wireless Internet, waxing eloquent while you quaf various vintages and gross out your daughters spitting into a pail.

And as for samples OMG go to your blog and copy some of that or just send them there.
You are "as yet" an unpublished author. You have experience in expressing easy to follow directions for every level of expertise in knitting patterns. You have participated and have successfully completed the National Novel Writing Month Challenge ( but not in 2006..dig dig)
If you can do Excel you can learn Access. Buy an Idiots book and bluff!

Need more??..... just email your biggest fan.
As Grampy would say "Shit or vacate the personal evacuation depot."

Saturday, May 5, 2007

I'm learning!!

I know it sounds silly but since I am not, nor have I ever been an English major, when it comes to the rules involving writing I am seriously inept.

There is just so much to know. The dreaded Dialogue Tag for one, while I think I may have finally conquered this ferocious beastie; There is another that I found quite intimidating. Sloppy POVs, that would be Point of View.

Long ago I sent a piece of work to someone I consider a mentor. While she was gentle about it she let me know that I had and still have a lot to learn and pointed out some very obvious ones.

Well today I am happy to report that after all the articles I have read and books I have scoured and pieces of professional writing I have analyzed..... I understand something!

This amazing occurrence happened recently when I was rereading my paranormal work. Going over the first 3 chapters, I thought I had polished to a shine, I suddenly was struck with the thought that my POVs are all over that place. That was quickly followed by a deep voice with a Scottish accent rumbling "By the gods,I think she finally got it."

Not sure who the voice belonged to, I am assuming my muse. Would have been nice if he had filled me in earlier but that's ok. I'm just thrilled I picked out my mistakes all on my own.

Of course now my sparkling chapters have lost some shine but by the time I'm done with them they should be sparkling again!