A 15 day challenge – yes, I’m up for it! I am a writer, after all.
I declare that I am a writer.
To some folks who have known me for a long time, this may not be a surprising statement. I always did very well in English classes. I was a multi-year spelling bee champ. I’ve proof-read articles, resumes, and papers for many people over the years. I wrote for an Atlantic Coast Conference sports blog for a while. Now, I have this blog. Originally, it just going to be a fun little project for me, but all of you who have been reading, commenting, guest-posting, and have taken the concept to heart have shown me that I am indeed a writer! Thank you!
For those who know me in a different way – as the die-hard Clemson grad, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer engineering, who is now an eBusiness professional in Corporate America, it may be a bit of a surprise. Generally, people lean strongly toward being analytical and process-oriented, or they are quite creative (yes, massive stereotyping going on there!).
I was recently assessed by a firm that looks at employees, their skill sets, their intellect, and their potential. The consultant who met with me said that I scored extremely highly – because I used both my “engineering mind” and my “strategic and creative side” nearly equally. Apparently that’s a rarity in Corporate America. I don’t say that with the intent to be boastful; rather to acknowledge to myself that I am indeed capable of being creative and of augmenting process and control with “out of the box thinking” at times. In the way that I’m defining myself as a writer, I’m requiring myself to have a creative side to tap into on a regular basis.
Now, having said that, this post is nowhere nearly as creative as the post that pushed me over the edge and out of my comfort zone. You see, I don’t want to compromise the integrity of the “She Ordered What?!?”, so I was really hesitant to partake in this workshop. Yet, when I read my friend Jerod’s post (you may remember him from the epic first date story), I got so caught up in his uber-amusing story that I was completely inspired to take on the challenge.
Additionally, a newer friend, Genesis, wrote about what it really means to be a writer. Indeed, “one who writes”, sums it up quite nicely, in my opinion. I thought about the post just prior to this one. It was personal, a bit vulnerable, and I felt compelled to share it. Writing can be therapeutic. It can be inspirational. It can also be fun; thus, the challenge!
For the next two weeks, writing is also going to be a personal goal, and a mission to improve my skills via the “15 Habits of Great Writers” workshop. I’m sure the lessons will extend long beyond the fifteen days. And, I’m looking forward to becoming a great writer – eventually! (I also vow to make some of the posts less “informational” and more “creative” in nature!)
I also promise not to lose the integrity of this blog. If you don’t care to read the posts about the #15HabitsWorkshop (as often posted on Twitter), I’ll try to make them as minimally invasive as possible. “She Ordered What?!?” is first and foremost to me. It’s my lifestyle, folks! 🙂