The reason this transition into creative writing has been of interest to me is that the specialized training we receive in our field of work doesn’t often translate well into our creative endeavors. For instance, a friend who went on a business trip to South Africa a number of years back was both shocked by the level of poverty where she visited, yet impressed by the overwhelming advocacy for education. Had she been of a mind to publish her thoughts on what she saw, her background in business and communications would have been right at home for a nonfiction article in a business magazine. However, had she wanted to publish it for a general audience, those same strengths she might bring to a business audience might actually discourage the more general audience from even reading it. Therefore, being sensitive to the needs of our genre and audience is vital to developing our situational awareness in writing.
So please join me over these next few weeks as we explore together how to approach creative writing when one has a professional background. Hopefully, these short reflections will help make your transition from the writing you already do in your professional field, to pursuing your creative dreams, that much easier to obtain.