Since declaring my minor in writing, something has happened to me. All of my priorities seem to have changed, and I can’t decide if it’s for the better or not, but there has definitely been a shift in my goals. Previously, when I got asked about my career field ambitions, I would simply answer “something in marketing.” However, now my answer includes a caveat about working for a publishing house or a magazine or a newspaper on the business side. And yes, part of this recent addiction comes from my obsessive watching of Gilmore Girls reruns. Perhaps I’ll become the next Mitchum Huntzberger…with less of an attitude. But I’ve been drawn into the world of writing, and I know I do not want to leave it.
In the past month, I’ve joined the writing staff of a campus magazine and I recently applied to become an undergraduate editor of a major international business journal (fingers crossed I get accepted!) I’m just fascinated to delve deeper into literary worlds, although ironically my own writing is always one of my biggest struggles and certainly my most procrastinated task.
I think one of the reasons for this is a lack of confidence in my own writing. As Jack in Burlesque (sorry for all the video references in this post…it’s obvious I spent a bit of time doing nothing over Spring Break. Hopefully you all also caught the Friends reference to Chandler in my title…) constantly claims about his music, “it’s not ready yet,” I feel the same sentiment with all of my writing. I’m a perfectionist, and until I can feel like the next Bronte, my works shall stay under wraps. I guess in most cases it’s just easier to claim you aren’t proud of your work in case everyone else thinks it sucks. It’s still so new to me to write anything for the entire world to see rather than just a professor.
On this note, exploring writing in a tone and voice other than professional and detached for research papers is a scary task, and it’s definitely something I have been struggling with. Anyone who has read my blog posts or articles or even spoken to me for more than two seconds knows that I exude sarcasm. Normally I’m proud of that voice, and I personally think it’s more entertaining to read (and I certainly find it more entertaining to write), but lately I’ve wanted to explore other tones and moods, rather than just a lighthearted or flippant tone.
My biggest struggle is finding a way to incorporate that sassy voice of mine in a toned down way fitting for other types of media. I do not want to eliminate my voice, because after all that’s who I am, but I know I need to find that balance between entertaining and serious, biting and understanding.
I gravitate towards the two types of writing I’m comfortable with: technical papers and opinionated pieces. But I have not spent enough time in the world of writing to know what other types of pieces I would like to attempt. I think fiction could be interesting, but not really appropriate for most classes (except this one). I like to write amusing little rhyming poems for my friends, but the thought of attempting actual poetry seems unreasonably daunting. I don’t even understand most poetry, so who am I to write about something I don’t know? Does anyone have any ideas on how I can expand my horizons while also keeping my personality in tact?