When I graduated from university in April, I was so ready to be done with school. I think we can all agree that 5 years of over-caffeinated research sessions, all-nighters finishing papers, and getting stuck behind those slow AF assholes taking up the entire sidewalk and blowing their smoke in your face is plenty.
But I do miss a few things.
Like being in an environment that fosters learning and thoughtful conversation.
I love learning new things. I lived for those late night moments when an article I was reading for class blew my freaking mind. I’d often excitedly smack Joe at half past midnight saying, “oh my god listen to this.” #SorryNotSorry
The beautiful thing about the internet is there is nothing stopping me from continuing to learn on my own. But it just isn’t the same, you know? The combination of being surrounded by brilliant people and being terrified of disappointing my professors really motivated me to get shit done. But it can be hard to continue learning once you’ve left that space. There is no external motivation. It’s just you and your computer, and no one is going to ask you to see them after class if you spend your night on Twitter instead of reading about eco-criticism literary theories.
I also miss working with writers.
I was lucky enough to work as a writing consultant for 4 years in one of the most respected university writing centers in the country. I loved that job. I loved helping writers turn their ideas into paragraphs. I loved watching them grab a pen and start scribbling out their plan because something in their brain just clicked and they finally knew exactly what they wanted to say.
There a few things I enjoy more than helping people tell their stories. And few things motivate me to work on my own writing projects than listening to other writers talk about theirs.
So I have a question.
How many of you miss learning?
I’m not talking about Googling how to make chicken cacciatore or desperately searching IMdB to figure out what the hell you recognize that actress from. I’m talking about learning information that changes the way you look at the world and skills that have the power to change your life.
I promise you with all my heart that writing is one of those skills.
I bet many of you have a story inside you dying to come out, but maybe you aren’t exactly sure how to turn it into words. Maybe you feel like a lack of writing skills are holding you back professionally. Or, maybe you just want to improve your blog writing.
Tons of students leave school without becoming a confident writer, but it is never too late to develop killer writing skills. And I want nothing more than to help you do just that.
But first, I need you to tell me how.
I don’t want to be one of those people who just shouts tips into the wind and hopes they stick. I want to give you the help, advice, and tools that you are actually looking for. So do me a favor? Tell me what those are.
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Write on and best of luck!