I listen to all my lectures in the car, it works out pretty well because my commute to work usually works out to be around the same length as my lectures. I was listening to the lecture on feature articles (and I must admit, doing a fair bit of daydreaming as I was stopped at the lights) when I heard the lecturer say these five words;
"You could do it now"
I was like - what can I do now? He went on to explain that interviews, good research and an ethical approach was all we needed in order to go ahead and write a feature article to submit to a publication. We'd learnt how to interview, research and behave ethically, and he simply said that now we know what a feature article entails, that we could go ahead and write one. Perhaps even get it published. It opened up worlds for me, those five simple words.
At first had a rush of self-doubt flood my mind. Surely I couldn't write a feature article to be published, I mean who was I? Who would want to read what I'd written, I'm pretty boring. However it all started to sink in and I realised that this is how you start.
I fully intend to write (and maybe) publish novels in my future, however I felt strangely connected to the idea of writing a feature article. The way the lecturer explained 'getting in' the situation you're discussing and bringing your own personal discovery to the article enthralled me. I imagined already what I'd write about the hot topic of violence in Northbridge. I imagined myself driving around the suburb at 2am, having never experienced clubbing there myself, getting a first hand account of whether the violence was true, exaggerated or understated and then bringing the opinion of a 20 yo that doesn't club to the table. I know this probably doesn't translate and is terribly boring to many of you - but in that one moment my eyes were opened to the vast world of opportunity that awaits me.
Have any of you experienced an 'eye opening moment' that defined your career as a writer? Or even your hobby as a writer, or something that contributed to your success?
I'd love to hear from you :)
Love, hugs & unicorn kisses xoxo
*My apologies to those of you from around the world for all the Australian references, but I am Australian so there you go!