I made money writing yesterday. This is a milestone.
In the last few weeks I’ve been interning with my big bro’s company. Yesterday I discovered that I had four twitter accounts, three business related blogs on different topics, and one client project to stay on top of. I must be a grown up.
The idea of doing what I love as a business is invigorating. However, I’ve got to admit: writing for business is a COMPLETELY new ball game. I’m fortunate enough to be working with really flexible guys, who tend to allow me a lot of freedom in style and voice. But you know, in my leisure writing time I probably wouldn’t be talking about elevator pitching and employee productivity. I’ve got to learn how to do research and write about things I have no experience or interest in.
My big question is, can you write really well about topics you don’t care about? So far, I’m too scared to find out. My strategy has been to (almost artificially) interest myself in whatever topic I’m assigned too. For example, as I researched elevator pitching yesterday I kept telling myself:
“You know, I’ve never heard about this before, but it is really interesting! You never know when this could come in handy FOR ME. I really should think about writing an elevator pitch for myself. How would I get started? What would make it great?”
Maybe it is the sign of a novice writer, but at this point I feel that I have to be able to connect with a topic on personal level to write my best. That means a lot of excitement about diving into new topics I never would have learned otherwise! I am thanking The Lord right now for the insatiable curiosity He blessed me with. It may have gotten me into a lot of trouble over the years, but I have a feeling it is going to come in handy over the next few months.
A lot of the assignments I will be doing will be hidden, ghost writing or non-public writing for clients. But you could check out this blog that I am going to be maintaining.