I haven’t done one of these in a while. So, I thought I’d get back on it. For a long time, I believed that writing for newspapers or magazines was indeed the only way to go for an aspiring journalist. I soon learnt that perception was wrong. I’ve come to realise that I created a ‘platform’ (and I use the word ‘platform’ loosely) to write whatever I want, when I want to write it. A ‘free flow’ of ideas.
With time, Inthewritersmind has helped me learn so much about the type of journalist I want to be. Initially, it was a way for me to take charge of my own career by creating an internet presence for myself that I could then show to employers as my portfolio. It has become so much more than that. It has become an embodiment of my identity and through it, you can really see the type of person I am. My music tastes, my likes, my dislikes and values…etc It has really allowed me to experiment with words, to not limit myself, to learn to expand and become the versatile and multi-talented journalist I’ve always dreamed of becoming.
Inthewritersmind is something I can control and something that sets me apart as a writer. Even though, it is still growing, I feel that it is imperative that I look back at where I’ve come. From understanding that no-one is me and that is my talent to appreciating my written work – the lessons have been numerous already. Sometimes taking a moment to look back at how far you’ve come helps your progress. Often, we are scared to start something because we worry about mundane things like numbers, stats, fame or popularity. This SHOULDN’T BE the case. Forget about those things and write for you, work on your craft whilst you are young. Perfect it. Embrace what makes you different to the next writer, because that is your talent and hopefully if you do it well you will be respected for just doing your own thing. So, I guess this piece is just to advise young writers that you really can be whatever writer you want to be.