I’ve probably tried writing everything that you can write. News. Short stories. Opinion pieces. Novels (well, unfinished novels). Hell, I’ve even tried writing a screenplay. It didn’t work out to well after I figured out screenwriters don’t really use the “pretty” language that I like to use. But I digress.
To be honest, I couldn’t tell you which form of writing is my favorite. I have my affinities. Things that I think I’m good at- opinion pieces, fiction works. I have my not-so-strong-suits- news stories, poetry. Dear God, I cannot write poetry.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that I at least tried writing things out of my comfort zone, though. If I hadn’t tried writing news, I probably would not have discovered op-ed writing. If I hadn’t tried poetry… well, I wouldn’t know how terrible I am at rhyming schemes or counting syllables for a haiku.
Unfortunately, my attitude doesn’t really help when it comes to finding a job or deciding what I want to study in graduate school. I look at programs for creative writing, English, or publishing and writing and I want to take all of them. I want to learn how to write columns. I want to take fiction writing workshops. I want to take digital publishing classes.
Hey, at least I have options, right?
It’s important to write a bunch of different things, though, because you’ll never know what you’re good at until you try it. You might think that you’d stink at writing news stories, but find out different. You might think you’re like me, poetry-illiterate, but hey, try jotting down a haiku in the notes app on your phone. Just remember: 5-7-5.
I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself or my career in the future. You may not, either. Or you may be stuck in a career track that you’re not sure you want to be stuck in. The important thing, though, is to just keep writing. You’ll figure it out eventually.