Doing anything as a professional is different from doing it as an amateur. It’s true that not everyone can write but if you love to write, then you’re probably good at it (at least that’s what I thought). However, writing at a professional level is not the same kind of thing at all, and I just came to the realization that I need to make a switch in order to be more satisfied with my writing experience.
I have been writing “professionally” for almost a year now, and I must admit that it has been such an interesting experience. As I look back on it, I see how far I’ve come and what I got right, but there’s also that daunting and far-fetched thought that keeps recurring: that I’m still not there yet and that there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Honestly, writing was never my dream job, I didn’t even think that it can be a job, but it has always been my passion. I never wrote anything to be posted before starting my personal blog two years ago and I only did it because it gave me an intense sensation of satisfaction from expressing myself deeply. I’m sure that this satisfaction can be doubled if I master a writing that goes beyond the professional standards of writing e,g Journalism and Technical Writing.
I’ve never been good with rules, especially when it comes to practicing an art, be it writing, painting, acting or anything else. I have always been convinced that art should not be restricted and that’s why I felt threatened by guidelines and saw them as a creativity limitation.
I was surprised to learn that creativity can be structured without being killed. Especially if the writing has a cause, adding a structure and a bit of technique to it will add a lot of value to the text and will definitely take it to the next level, and that’s my ultimate goal.
In fact, I discovered that technical writing too can be creative along the writing process and creativity can be established through creating a procedure that facilitates productivity and creativity within the guidelines limitations.