If you know any writers, they might like this different approach to the writing profession.
I went to an expensive college, and I graduated with an English Major, creative writing as a minor.
In other words, I paid $100,000 for college, but had no clue what to do next.
I had written some short stories in college, about some pretty cool things; my dad and step-mom, an ancient storyteller, a guy trying to seduce a woman he liked more than he admitted, and a woman seductress who meets her match when she tries to seduce the devil.
Do you see a trend?
It was college.
But when I graduated, I thought maybe I’d write a novel, or maybe write some articles for some newspaper, or something like that.
I thought that my “Major” would be my life.
I ended up answering phones at NYU.
Not that it is anyone else’s responsibility, I didn’t really know how to find a “writing job”, but there’s a certain idea that I think we’re sold on:
That your degree itself will make a big difference.
I can’t really say that my degree actually helped at all with my life.
I’m sure it’s different for some people.
The classes I took taught me about what other people did with their writing, and I wrote some stuff at the last minute so I could not fail the class, but despite all of that:
I am the author of several titles now,
(one published by Simon and Schuster),
and have 2 Amazon best-sellers.
The thing is, it is really all because of a guy named Paul Hollingshead and an article I read on the web about having “The Perfect Life“.
It was the enticing language and the mystery in the story he wrote that hooked me from the beginning.
It made me want to read more, and find out exactly what he had done to achieve this “perfect life” because I had never heard someone say that before.
When you actually read and study his article, you will understand why so many English majors are failures at writing because of what we are taught in school.
To be successful, I didn’t realize what I would have to UN-learn:
- I had to UN-learn to use all the fancy lanuage they wanted me to use in school
- I had to UN-learn that I had to be completely original and have “great ideas”
- I had to Un-learn that only very special people could learn to write and make money.
So, if you’re someone who thinks you might want to know how to live the “Perfect Life” too, then I recommend you read this article by Paul Hollingshead:
It was a sunny spring Tuesday in Vermont, the kind of day we wait for all winter long.
I had just finished playing ball with my dog and I was loading my golf clubs into the car when a neighbor came up to me …
“I have to ask you,” he said.
“I see you home every day, playing with your dog, puttering around the house, loading up your brand-new car with skis and golf clubs and suitcases, taking all these trips …
“You’re too young to be retired, yet I never see you working. Do you mind me asking …
“Just what is it you do?”
That’s when I knew I had found “The Perfect Life!”
Here’s how you can have it too … (Click here to Continue)