Nadine A. Jack — Copywriter & Proofreader — To Err is Human, to Edit Divine.
I joined Ducorp as a Copywriter and Proofreader in our Arcadia stage. As a writer, I have always found that words have immense power to disseminate information and define a narrative.
With the cursive swipe of a pen or, more often, the constant click of the keyboard on my laptop; on most days, I look very similar to Kermit the Frog in that meme where he’s typing furiously on a typewriter, but what a profound meme I am!
Before we get into my love for writing, though, lets briefly go back to where it began, with respect for reading.
My mother taught me to read when I was just two years old, and one of my fondest memories is of her reading to me and showing me how to recognize and memorize conjunctions like ‘and,’ ‘for’ and ‘but’ when I saw them repeated on the pages in my story-books.
At such a young age, I was intrigued by the sounds they made when I gave them a voice, and the frequency with which they appeared helped me to understand their importance in bringing the other words together and giving those words the power to tell a story.
To me, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world to learn to read, but as I grew older, I realized that this wasn’t the same experience for everyone, and for much of my childhood, I couldn’t understand why. Reading was like a doorway to a magical world where anything was possible, so who wouldn’t want to go there?
To this day, I love getting lost in a great book. Preferably a hardcover.
What appeals to me most is the ability to live vicariously through the characters and experience things at the same time that they do.
As a child, mythical stories with witches and dragons and magic were my favorite, and that’s why dark versions of The Brothers Grimm collection of stories and The Lord of the Rings trilogies will always hold a special place in my heart. These days I’m more into psychology, self-help, and auto-biographies.
In those childhood books, I could travel anywhere — usually to dangerous places, and become anyone — often the hero.
As I grew up, I realized that I didn’t have to wait for an engrossing book to come along but that I, too, could create a world of my own. So I began creating my own books.
I would upcycle old cereal boxes by cutting them up to make a spine and book covers. I’d then use too much glue to cover them in cloth so that they would look just like how I imagined the old spellbooks in a wizard’s library would. I suppose this is where my preference for hardback books emerged.
Often, into these handmade covers, I would insert the leaves from one of my school notebooks. Usually, from my maths books since I disliked it with such a passion at the time, and much to the annoyance of my parents, who obviously had to pay to purchase new ones.
I would then fill these pages with handwritten adventures galore, sometimes making my older brothers the villains and myself the protagonist always, with all the solutions lol.
As time and technology changed, I evolved from making the books to being gifted blank hardcover notebooks, then a typewriter with lots of paper and ribbons, and finally a desktop computer.
Getting that computer was a gamechanger, primarily when used with the internet. The world was literally at my fingertips now. Too bad I had to now literally battle my younger brother for it since he wanted to use it for whatever chatroom was popular at the time while I chose to explore how many writing opportunities and what other amazing things existed in the world.
This was when I realized that writing could generate income, and I began to enter various writing competitions. Some I won, some I never even got confirmation of my submissions, and to this day, I’m convinced that my amazing original stories may have been plagiarized and profited by some sinister editor on the other side of the world.
So now I write as a profession, although there was a hiatus in my late teens to my early twenties to focus on my studies and to establish a strong Business Management background.
With my business background, I’ve had the privilege of working in various industries from the Medical field to Tourism to Entertainment, giving me much appreciated real-world experience.
Currently, I’m also practicing other mediums besides writing, with my newest project being the Executive Producer of various visual series. These days I’m seen with my video camera and clapboard almost as often as I’m seen with my laptop.
I’m also a Psychology Student, and I find the human mind and our behavior so intriguing that I could probably write a thesis about it here, but I won’t. Lol, never ask a writer to write about themselves, we won’t know when to stop.
To conclude, I will say that I’m a modern renaissance woman. I love to create, in various forms and will continue to explore the wonders of this world through my creativity, for the rest of my life.