A Letter from a Reader
Sometimes Inspiration for this column comes from a simple letter. I got a letter from a reader today in my e-mail. It intrigued me a lot. So I have reprinted here as I received it.
Being diverse in different styles of writing is important for any writer. Currently, other than my Audioworld column, I write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, my personal op-ed column "To Be or What?", this column, and any other writing assignments that float my way. Don't ever let yourself get pigeonholed into one genre or one style. At least you understand this ideal early. Trying new things with your writing will prevent your being boxed or caged in, as you said.
Can you make writing your career? Are you willing to devote time to your writing craft? Are you willing to try new ideas all the time? Those are the questions you need to ask yourself, I cannot answer for you. . . neither can anyone else. Writing is a job, like any other. You need to focus on this if you want to make writing a career. My father told me I don't have a job, because I don't have a 9-5 job, I work harder than most people who work in a 9-5 job. I work daily at writing, even on weekends and holidays.
Like an actor, you may have to take other jobs or careers until you start making your writing pay. If you think no one else did before you, you would be very surprised. Stephen King was a substitute teacher and wrote short stories for magazines while he wrote his first novel, Carrie. Tom Clancy was an insurance salesman, before The Hunt for Red October was such a best seller. Evan Hunter (Ed McBain), Raymond Chandler and F. Scott Fitzgerald all wrote scripts for either movies or radio shows while they were penning novels.
In your letter, you sound like a young person. In this writer's opinion, school and education is a very important option for anyone (I still take classes and workshops)...and it's never too late to learn. I think getting a degree is important to anyone, and especially writers. In this day and age, more education is important. This is what employers are looking for these days.
As for writing credentials, you seem like you have some already. Because you have done business proposals, you can get letters of reference from those companies or government agencies you have previously written grants for. Keep pounding the boards, work hard at achieving your writing goals, wherever they may be.
I do hope one day, I can read your work, whether it be a novel, a poem or a human-interest piece. Let me know what you are doing. And always I wish you well in any of your writing endeavors
My email is [email protected] Drop me a line - it's always open 24/7/366 (almost like 7-11) for anyone to send their comments, suggestions, writer questions or inquiries, winning lotto numbers (just kidding - whoever gave the me the numbers 2-6-8-22-28-97, it didn't win Super ball, but thanks anyway), and of course, great chocolate chip cookie recipes for diabetics.
So next time, reach for the stars!
About the Writer: Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in
175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and
reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery
Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and
many others. He is also known for his review appearances on the MCN
Forum. View his web site at
About the Writer:
Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in 175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and many others. He is also known for his review appearances on the MCN Forum. View his web site atAudioworld.