The Reluctant Writer

My job is hard to describe, so I usually just say I “do a bit of everything.” I do some design and graphic work, I make crafts, do research, cook recipes, make homemade cleaners, post to social media, create email newsletters, and so on. I do all of these things fairly regularly, but what I do most frequently is write.

Generally, I enjoy writing. I did a bit of it as a teenager, mostly angst-ridden prose and disjointed fanfiction, but it still counts. College pretty much obliterated any positive feelings I had about writing, which in hindsight I attribute to my then-undiagnosed case of ADHD emerging in a big way. It turns out it’s pretty difficult to write a 12-page paper on the Roman conquest of Dacia in the 2nd century AD when it takes you 5 hours to commit to an opening paragraph. After being prescribed ADHD meds, I scraped together a few papers that were not completely unreadable, and managed to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree.

So here I am, 3 years later, making a living doing the same thing that caused me so much grief in college. Writing content for a blog is an entirely different form of writing, to be sure. I don’t have to synthesize academic arguments or cite my sources in MLA format (thank God), but it’s writing all the same. I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t know what the future holds for me in terms of a career, but for now, I figure that if I’m going to keep writing for the foreseeable future, I should probably make an effort to get a bit better at it. And doesn’t practice supposedly make perfect?

So to that end, I’ll be writing and posting things here on Medium a few times a week. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be writing about just yet, and I imagine it will vary greatly, but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting.

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” 
― Thomas Mann