When my writing muse awoke from her 22-year hiatus in 2005, she did so with fierce determination to get me to write again. To explain, at 13 years old, I wrote with a childhood friend all during our school years and for ten years beyond into our careers. We grew apart both in distance and friendship and I just stopped writing.
When I think back on what kind of stories we wrote and compare them to the direction my work life took, I am amazed at the similarities. The story themes were always good vs. evil in some fashion whether it was espionage, police, or action-adventure. My work life fell into law enforcement. I never yearned to be a police officer, nor planned to become one. It just happened. During my law enforcement career, I worked a variety of assignments, even with some undercover work. If that alone was not adventurous enough, I joined the Colorado State Disaster Team and my departments Search and Rescue team, becoming an Emergency Medical Technician in the process.
Until now, I never really made the comparison between my young writing days and my career choices. As I pondered what to write in this blog post (by the way, it is my first blog post ever), I wanted to concentrate on writing, of course, and it came to me that we so often hear the words ‘write what you know’.
I know that the experiences and training in the law enforcement, coroner, and some medical fields have no doubt influenced my writing and its quality. Could my early writing have influenced my career choices? Were they really choices or was it all destiny?
I’d love to hear from others. What was the key influence in your writing or reading? Did your career influence you?
Thanks for sharing my snippet of personal insight with you.