Having a Fishing License Doesn’t Make Me a Fisherman

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I have kicked around the idea of writing for some time. Writing. Really? Who does that? Certainly not me. But over time I discovered that the written word was the best way to express myself. I’m OK at talking one on one, alright at phone conversations, but through my college years and into my professional career I discovered I could harness my thoughts and voice better through writing. I make phone calls often during the day as a project manager. And attend a lot of meetings. But when I really needed to get a point across email and letters are my best friend. My wife even tells me that she will get more out of me in a text throughout the day then she does in a face to face talk. And by the way, she has always encouraged me to “take this show on the road” and write.

Like anything else in life the hardest thing about taking on a project is just getting started. And that was no different for this little project here. So I just decided to do it. See, that was easy. I thought this was supposed to be the hard part. But I have another issue. What am I going to write about? What could I possibly write about and other people actually want to read about? I live a pretty ordinary life. A wife and two kids in a suburban neighborhood. Doing the daily grind like everyone else. I suspect I’m not the only person who has this fear. I decided to write but am afraid I have nothing interesting to put down in words. So I started making some notes about possible topics to write about. I also started reading what others are writing about. What do you know, I might actually have something interesting to share after all. Wait! I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just take this one step at a time. Because I have another problem now. The red squiggly lines under my words because either I can’t spell or my brain is working faster then my fingers. This writing thing really sucks.

If I’m going to do this I’m not going to just throw a bunch of crap out there and see what sticks. I do enough of that at my day job. I want to do it with purpose. Set some ground rules.

  1. I am my biggest critic. I am pretty hard on myself about most things in life. I want to break that cycle here. I want this to be something I can do as a release. A way to be creative. A hobby of sorts. No pressure. After all, I have zero experience and no where to go but up. Glad I got that out of the way from the start. Look out Stephen King. Steve has no pressure!
  2. This is something I want to have fun with but at the same time take seriously. I can make my writing humorous but I also want it to be informative. Have a point. And when someone finishes a piece I wrote(Anyone! Please!) the goal should always be for them to walk away thinking about it.
  3. I don’t want this to be something I try for awhile and not stick with like other hobbies I’ve tried over the years. It is costing me practically nothing but time. Excuses are easy to come up with.
  4. I don’t expect to make money from my writing. It is not a motivator. I have money from my day job. At this point I probably owe you money for reading this.
  5. I will take any and all criticism as it comes. Good or bad. I have a long way to go in this little journey and look forward to becoming a better writer.

So here I am. Taking my first leap into this writing thing. I put the credit card out there and became a card carrying member of Medium. I also have a fishing license. Guess what! That doesn't make me a fisherman. I do look forward to seeing where this road leads. If anything it gives me a chance to put the headphones on, listen to some good music, and escape for awhile. Just type away and hope something worth reading comes out of it.

Any comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.