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Engineer, but writer at heart (1 Viewer)

Jaybird

Member
Hello there,

I am a software engineer for an IT company. The work is pretty hectic, (the pandemic certainly doesn't help haha) but manageable. My real dream is to one day write a novel. I'm a very picky reader, and find it hard to commit to books that are considered popular.

That being said, I like reading epic fantasies. Brandon Sanderson is one of my fav authors. So of course would be J.R.R. Tolkein, always loved LOTR. I'm also into military fiction as well.

I'm a bit into anime as well, so I sometimes read light novels. They are pretty fun to read, albeit a tad easy to digest. But fun nevertheless.

Writing is something I always fall back to, no matter how down I'm feeling from life. It's fun breaking down a story and crafting something with your own creative merits. I'm only a beginner though, so it may not be so great, but I'm looking to improve. And, the best way to do that is to simply read more! I only get in 30 min - 1 hour a day of reading, but I make sure to highlight a lot on my kindle and then later reflect on those highlights when I've finished the book.
 

Taylor

Staff member
Global Moderator
Welcome to the forum Jay! I had the same dream for many years and am now realizing it. You'll find plenty of great discussions and advice for writing a novel in our writing forums. There are some excellent military reads in our member's bookstore and one of the authors was also a design engineer. You can read about him here.

 
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vranger

Staff member
Supervisor
I started my career as a software developer, too @Jaybird. I got into writing professionally early, but I also never stopped writing software. Now I've finished seven novels, one novella, and I'm starting two more novels (one a collaboration with one of the owners of this site :)).

The point of this isn't to brag, but just demonstrate that you can get there. I'd like to say all it takes is determination, but sometimes it's a LOT of determination. If you enjoy writing, though, it's a fun ride, and the satisfaction you feel when you write "The End" is a truly unique experience. Welcome to the club!
 

Jaybird

Member
Welcome to the forum Jay! I had the same dream for many years and am now realizing it. You'll find plenty of great discussions and advice for writing a novel in our writing forums. There are some excellent military reads in our member's bookstore and one of the authors was also a design engineer. You can read about him here.

Thank you! I'll check this out!
 

Jaybird

Member
I started my career as a software developer, too @Jaybird. I got into writing professionally early, but I also never stopped writing software. Now I've finished seven novels, one novella, and I'm starting two more novels (one a collaboration with one of the owners of this site :)).

The point of this isn't to brag, but just demonstrate that you can get there. I'd like to say all it takes is determination, but sometimes it's a LOT of determination. If you enjoy writing, though, it's a fun ride, and the satisfaction you feel when you write "The End" is a truly unique experience. Welcome to the club!

Wow, you're very accomplished! No worries, you aren't bragging -- that's incredible! Your experience makes me feel relieved. I hope to go along that pathway, eventually. Thanks for sharing that!
 

Davi Mai

Senior Member
Hi Jay,

I can relate to a lot of that. I'm in tech support (Pathology), but would love to give that up and just write. I also find it hard to commit to reading, due to a short concentration span, and I get a headache after about half an hour. Its very annoying. My main difference with your situation is I prefer Sci-Fi to Fantasy :) But apart from that, the rest of it rang very true to me.
 

indianroads

Staff member
Global Moderator
Hi Jay - a fellow recovering (retired actually) engineer here. I worked in Silicon Valley for 30 plus years - started with GTE designing communication gear, then Memorex mainframe disk drives, then personal computers for Olivetti, and finally (my longest stint) at Cisco Systems creating switches and routers.

There's a ton of cross talk between engineering and writing - or any creative process. I'm sure you'll do well.
 

Jaybird

Member
Hi Jay,

I can relate to a lot of that. I'm in tech support (Pathology), but would love to give that up and just write. I also find it hard to commit to reading, due to a short concentration span, and I get a headache after about half an hour. Its very annoying. My main difference with your situation is I prefer Sci-Fi to Fantasy :) But apart from that, the rest of it rang very true to me.
Reading for me used to be so natural, I find that if I have nothing else on my mind and no one (family) doesn't bother me for 30-50 minutes straight, I can get some reading done. But even then, I'm very slow haha. Sci-Fi can be fun to read, I'm really open to any genre as long as the story appeals to me. I'm def fine with reading romance, if it's well-written for me
 

Jaybird

Member
Hi Jay - a fellow recovering (retired actually) engineer here. I worked in Silicon Valley for 30 plus years - started with GTE designing communication gear, then Memorex mainframe disk drives, then personal computers for Olivetti, and finally (my longest stint) at Cisco Systems creating switches and routers.

There's a ton of cross talk between engineering and writing - or any creative process. I'm sure you'll do well.

Wow! That's quite a career! I had an interview at Cisco before landing my job, I said earlier I was a software engineer but in reality it's more consulting. — still pretty nice since I don't have to go anywhere and just work from home. More time to write haha. Thank you! I like how there are people here who have a similar background to me, makes it easier to relate — but relatability isn't something I care too much about, I'm here mostly to improve my writing and hear from other people.
 

noisebloom

Senior Member
Hey there - welcome to the forum!

Software Engineer here too. :) I always knew I wanted to be a writer someday. I think my classmates and colleagues were bewildered that I not only loved to code, I couldn't get enough of writing emails, papers, documentation, etc. A few years ago, I realized that it was time I share my writing with the world.

Just got done working with an editor on a graphic novel I'm querying, and I'm very close to finishing the first draft of a sci-fi novel I plan on publishing, as well.

Hope to see you around here!

- noise
 
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