As we come to the close of February, it is time to take stock of the Postaday challenge that I am involved in now. I have already related to you that I started blogging for reasons other than to share my writing skills. I was using this as a tool to share a new business venture I was working on at the time. Over time though, I have re-discovered something pretty special.
It would seem that I have a flair for writing. I never considered myself to have any sort of artistic talent. I have often envied those that did. My late sister was a phenomenal talent with writing fictional stories. It was kind of odd to be the older sibling, yet growing up in the shadow of her creative talents. I turned my attention to science and technology. I trained my brain to embrace the logical and the scientific. It was only when I hit college that I started to see that perhaps there was a creative element inside me straining to get out.
It has only been in the recent few years that I realized my style of writing has the ability to move people. The first real “ah-ha” moment came when I was tasked to write a speech for a new program we were doing at work. We were supposed to give a brief speech about someone we had selected for the employee of the year. I opted to make this a creative writing experience and not just detailing the “facts”. I was scared to death about giving that speech. I had even practiced in front of a mirror several times. There were several speeches before mine, and all of them had just done factual blurbs about the person and why they were selected. I started to worry that what I had written was not what they were looking for.
My turn finally came up. I took the podium and I started to relate what I had written on the page. I had decided to weave a story into the speech and not just siting boring facts about the person. As I told my “story” I noticed that the room had gone very still and quiet. Every pair of eyes in the room were focused on me and the words I was speaking to them. It would seem that I had garnered the attention of the room. After my speech I had a lot of people come up to me and congratulate me on the moving speech that I had just given. I was told over and over how incredible it was in the days and weeks that would follow.
As I evolve in this experiment I call Mike’s Take, I am beginning to realize that I am a fairly decent writer. Yep, I honestly am starting to consider myself a full-fledged writer these days. I have aspirations of actually doing this for a living at some point. I don’t know how that will evolve just yet though. One thing is certain though, if I keep working at it and practicing every day with different types of writing, it can and will happen.
How has your writing evolved and changed through the course of the challenge? Have you noticed anything new, or has it made you more reflective?
- Creatives With Multiple Talents (artistsroad.wordpress.com)
- Overwhelmed by Words (lkramer14.wordpress.com)
- The Art of Writing . . . (hopeofglory.typepad.com)