Written Out of the Story
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That's enough of an update for now. Time to make dinner. Who's up for surf-and-turf?
- The biggest news is that I no longer work at the company I had been working. I have been written out of another company's story. Instead of doing QA, I am hunting for a job that is more complimentary to my writing (because, my wife frowns upon me becoming an ice cream man). I'm looking in the direction of Tech Writing or something with the publishing industry.
- I've incorporated my writing with a bit of soul searching while finding a new job. I listed the jobs I've had since college. I listed what I liked and didn't like about each job. I detailed what (if any) career path I had with each company, and how much progress I made along that path. Then, I listed how or why I parted each company. This was very therapeutic.
- Another thing I wrote was an unposted blog for myself reflecting on layoffs. This also was therapeutic, but left me still scratching my head. How are layoofs good for anyone? Most of the companies where I have witnessed layoffs (either on the receiving end or as an innoscent bystander), are no longer around. How is that good business?
- Most of my writing in the past few days has been creating samples of the types of technical documents I have written for various jobs. I don't have the actual documents, since they are company property. So, I am creatively generating similar samples.
- One thing I have considered, and discussed with a few people, is if pursuing a career in tech writing will negatively impact my personal creative writing. Will it be too much writing? Will I get burned out of writing? I don't think so. Tech Writing is more left-brain, while creative writing is more right-brain. I think the two are different enough where I won't get burned out. Plus, in my current line of work, I have done plenty of writing (test cases, bug reports, etc.). It was the emotional and mental drain of office politics which negatively impacted me the most; never the amount of writing.
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