I’ve been toying with the idea of writing about how I became a web writer. How I went from punk poet to punk direct response copywriter to punk web writer.
How I managed a $250,000 a year Google AdWords budget, mentored a brilliant team of writers, lived through a very lonely time called freelancing, and landed possibly the sweetest position for any writer this side of Saturn.
But there’s a problem.
I’m not too keen on being personal. Especially if it smacks of exhibitionism or careerism.
But it was Eric Walker who planted the seed of writing the story of how I became a writer–actually watered the seed that was already there. I have to confess: I’ve been thinking of telling this story for some time.
Why This Is Not a Good Idea
Yeah, sure I have a story to tell. But that doesn’t mean I should tell it.
I’ve got no epic battles with the law, months of my life blacked out due to legendary drug use, jet-set tours that touched down in every continent–including Antarctica.
I’ve never even been out of the country. Never EVEN been to New York City for that matter.
Hunter S. Thompson wouldn’t know what to make of me.
I’ve been plugging away in podunk Midwest. Playing washers. Raising a family. Stuff I find insanely interesting. And writing all the while. But that doesn’t warrant a re-telling. Unless, of course, there are lessons I can share that would benefit you.
Sort of like Christopher Hitchen’s Letters to a Young Contrarian.
Chapters in This Story
So, should I do this? If so, how to do this? It would be a Monday feature, and I could tell the story this way:
- The Year of Falling Apart
- We Were Our Own Fame
- The First Time I Enjoyed Writing … Unfortunately My Mythology Class Teacher Didn’t
- A Fuzzy History of Journals
- Why My Step Father’s Death in the Grand Tetons Is Important
- The Only Person Who Told Me Writing Was a Gift
- How I Beat the (Lightweight) College Demon
- Life as a Copy Cub with a Television Evangelist
- How I Was Cured of Ever Wanting to Write Poetry Again
- I Thought I Was the Next Robert Collier
- The Fight Club Method to Feedback
- How to Cope with Co-Workers Who Hate to Be Touched
- A Mildly Fabricated Narrative about My Time with a Critique Group
- 10 Things I Would’ve Sacrificed to Become a Great Writer
- The “D” Word Scared the Daylights Out of Me
- Still Life
- How to Outsmart Obsolescence
- The Best Thing You Could Do Right Now to Succeed as an Entrepreneur
- Writing Advice from a Rock Climber, Monk, and Bonehead — Really?
- A Quick and Dirty Guide to Killing Your Life-Long Dream
- The Creative Freelancer’s Guide to Melancholy
What do you think? Are you interested? Let me know what you think in the comments.