Good Things Come To Those Who Work Hard

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Today is the day I’ve been waiting for, I’ve finally got a job. It’s been a year since I graduated university with a degree in Creative Writing and it’s been a tough year with a lot of rejection and a lot of disappointment but perseverance has finally paid off. When they say good things come to those who wait, it’s true but you also need to work hard and not expect anything to be easy. When I left university, I was blindly optimistic and perhaps a little naive, I thought I would get a job straight away. It’s fifteen months later and I’ve finally landed to job that I wanted. I am finally going to get paid to write. Good things are finally happening for me.

It’s been a long year and I have struggled with having no money, no job and no sense of purpose. There were some days that I didn’t want to get out of bed because I didn’t see the point. I was frustrated by the lack of momentum in not just my career but my life, I felt stuck. However, I managed to live day by day, I did my best to stay positive and I never stopped believing in myself. Now I can say that I have made it through. Years of working for magazines for free and now I will be paid to write for Female First, an online magazine that I previously worked for two years ago. They were impressed with me during my internship and contacted me directly when the freelance position came available. I believe that this will be a great opportunity for me and it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

I am learning that if you really want something in life you have to stay positive, work hard and believe that you can do it. I still have a long way to go, I don’t know where I will be working or what I will be doing in one year, five years or even ten years but if there is anything I have learnt from being in limbo waiting for a job it is this, you have to live day by day. Think about the future sometimes but don’t focus too much on it, don’t dwell on what you don’t have, what you haven’t achieved and what you will never be. Focus on being present, live your life with a positive attitude and be grateful for what you already have.

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Pen To Paper

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I haven’t been writing at all lately. I can’t even blame my lack of writing on writers block because I’m not even trying to write anything. I think the problem is that I have far too many ideas but I never pursue any of them. I have my journal which is full of ideas for short stories, poems, scripts and novels. My initial idea for the summer was to start the opening chapter for my dissertation. We only have to hand in 6,000 words but my aim was to get at least 10,000 words to work with when I got back to uni in October but I haven’t even started it and it’s now June.

I have no excuse really – it’s just laziness. I have my work experience three times a week but what about the other four days? I have the same ideas swirling around my head and I wake up in the morning thinking to myself – I will write today. I WILL! But I don’t. I find myself doing other things, pointless things like browsing the internet, listening to music and watching TV shows. It’s not completely pointless though. I have found a lot of my ideas recently from things I have watched, listened too and seen.

I want to be a writer and what I forget is the discipline that is required to do it. I’m not saying I need to make myself write. I’m saying that I need to write. I need put my ideas down pen to paper or type words on to a blank word document. Just something. Summer just makes me lazy. I complain when I am at university and have no time to write stories or novel chapters or poems but now I have all of these free time I’m still not doing it. Lets hope I find the motivation to do some writing soon.