D.C. wandering

It’s been awhile since I’ve ventured into the District. Which is crazy, seeing as I live a short 30 minute drive to the relatively new Metro Silver Line, which is a further 20-ish minute ride in. But I made the trek this past Saturday and even took a few pictures, for practicing purposes. I’ve been learning a lot from a co-worker on what makes a good shot, both journalistically and otherwise, and it was time to take some risks with actual hands-on application.

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An Open Letter to Open Letters

Dear Open Letters, I bet you never get mail. I know you’re pretty busy, what with all the work you’ve been putting into the internet the past months. But just as you’ve called out Miley and the Biebermeister in your concern (which I’ve agreed with), and also played devil’s advocate (“ain’t no thang, Bieber and […]

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Having a job where you’re paid to write sounds great when you have certain goals aimed at scribbling. However, I’ve heard from friends and other bloggers that those writing and creative jobs make it harder to write when you’re not working, keeping you from focusing on what you’re passionate about. I used to think “nah, just laziness. I could do it.” Curse my ignorance, they were right. When you’ve been sitting for eight hours, five days a week either writing or collecting material to use for writing, the last thing you want to do when you get home is write more.

Working in the daycare last summer and the summer before, I still wasn’t consistent with writing, but it was a lot easier to go home and force myself to do it and not have my brain screaming for air. So, point is, writing jobs are great for learning and are a great platform for doing specific kinds of things with writing (not to mention getting a paycheck, however meager it might be), but for writers serious about pursuing a passion, it’s hard. Not impossible, but hard.

That being said, for those of you who have menial or repetitive jobs that don’t have anything to do with writing, you  might actually be better off than someone in a more writing-oriented environment, where their creative energies are spent by the time they get home. I’ve been in both situations, so you’re not alone.

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