The Accidental Writer5:13 PM
By some interesting choices, I ended up taking a course in college which required extensive research and therefore extensive writing as well. I really don't know how I survived this but I did. After graduation, I purposely looked for job positions that didn't require me to make any written compositions (i.e. letters, formal reports, and the like).
I did manage to escape writing but then fate does have a way of bringing us face-to-face with things that we would rather avoid. When I had an operation, the recuperation period was quite long that I had no choice but to stay home. Having two very young kids then, I had to find a way to be productive even while I was at home.
One day, I was browsing through some flyers distributed in the village where we used to stay. One ad caught my eye because it was the only one that didn't require me to physically go out of the house. Guess what? The ad said someone was looking for several part-time writers and all I needed to do was email him if I was interested. Extreme situations require extreme decisions right? And so I applied.
I was requested to write a 1,000 word article about computer technology. Now, if there was one thing I hated most writing about, it is this very same topic. The reason is simple. I practically knew nothing about it. Almost instantaneously, I regretted my decision to apply. Pride however will not allow me to give up that easily and so I did it, I submitted it, and got hired for it.
It has been more than seven years now since that fateful day when I discovered I could actually write. Recently, I gathered enough courage to write for myself thus the birth of this blog JUST PASSING THRU. Its start was tentative which would explain the big gaps between articles but I am now ready to make it a continuous effort.
That said, the accidental writer is now a writer who has discovered the joys of writing and loving every moment of it.