What Am I Doing Here?

I like to write, but I like to earn money more.

I enjoy molding and bending words to express my particular brand of insight. I think I’m rather good at it, and almost 20 years into my professional life, I discovered that I could make a living doing it. Ah, so others thought I was good at it, too!

However, the kind of word constructions that have brought me income over the past 15+ years are those that serve their best purpose when not “bent” at all. Not to say that technical writing doesn’t allow for and even require creativity. There are always problems to solve, issues to address in forming technical literature. But the genre (if you will) has a great deal of constraints and best-practice guidelines within which to create usefully worded solutions.

That’s OK, too. I like to follow the rules. And I love to make logical order out of complex concepts and jargon. Perhaps I can apply that skill to telling the story of my professional life and my many experiences “between opportunities”? Is it even possible to make order out of all the stops and starts, wholesale career changes, and periods of aimlessness?

Well now, there’s a creative project if ever there was one! And just maybe it will lead to a creative way to earn that money…

  1. Writer’s block has been easier to bust since I’ve begun blogging. I hope it works for you too.

      • Paula Robertson
      • February 18th, 2011

      Thanks for the encouragement, Kathleen. My problem is more one of discipline – just making myself ignore distractions (like email) to dedicate time to writing on my book. Blogging can be a distraction, too! But it’s fun, isn’t it?

    • Carol Toombs
    • February 7th, 2011

    Well begun, Paula. I am so proud of you for putting “pen to paper”, so to speak, and getting started. I know how hard that first stage of anything can be, but I have faith that much good will come of this endeavor.
    Love, Carol

    • Chris Biggs
    • February 6th, 2011

    Paula, you have tremendous insight and great courage. Keep me clued into more fine work as this creative writing blog grows.

      • Paula Robertson
      • February 16th, 2011

      Chris: Thanks so much for your support as a fellow blogger, one who currently represents an American company in a support capacity in Afghanistan. Godspeed on your return home.

    • Tanna
    • February 6th, 2011

    You are really a great writer. Proof is that you have me interested in a dry field. Blessings, t

    • Jane Lorenzen
    • February 4th, 2011

    Looking forward to the next installment!

    • Brenda Hodson
    • January 30th, 2011

    You got ME hooked! It’s a great idea and a great exercise: keep the creative juices flowing and your spirits up until the next lucrative gig comes along. My hope for you is that the blog takes off and it becomes your next lucrative gig.

    Are you using all of the social networking tools to spread the word?

    Go, girl.

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