I was recently asked to sum up my life as a writer in 500 words or less. I thought you all might be interested to see what I wrote. It was a challenging exercise, but I’m glad I did it.
I began writing seriously in the spring of 2007. I was working in a book store and found a few friends with similar reading tastes. We bonded because of our love of great writing. We eventually started a writers group that still meets to this day.
Since starting our group in 2007 (dubbed, “The Weaklings”) I’ve participated in the “3-Day Novel Contest” numerous times, I’ve published book reviews and small news articles in the local press, and I’ve had articles published in online magazines.
In 2008 I began working for Zondervan publishing house (a Harper Collins Co.) and have written press releases, blog posts, and book jacket copy as a part of my job. My interest in quality writing has been fueled by my work at Zondervan, particularly as I’ve interacted with copy editors and acquisition editors. I’ve also had the opportunity to do some macro-editing and slush reading for our editorial team.
I now (attempt) to write daily. I journal frequently, I write short stories, I write a blog, I’ve drafted two novels, and I write small non-fiction pieces whenever I have an opportunity or an outlet to do so.
Writing has become many things in my life. It’s a tool I use to process my experiences. It’s a vehicle for expression. It’s also a joyful means to tell a story. And it’s one of my favorite ways to let my creativity run wild.
Writing this little piece was hard because the word count seemed too small. I had a hard time making cuts. However, the more extraneous material I deleted, the easier it became. I eventually focused the piece enough to include only the most important points, and came in way under the word count: 235.
Could you write something like this about your life as a writer? Give it a try! If for no other reason, it’s fun to look back and see how far you’ve come.