I receive wonderful emails everyday from Crushable readers. They range from calling me evil to telling me to kill myself to threatening me with murder. It’s charming, it’s delightful and I do have to say that receiving them is the highlight of my day. Yes, it’s even better than the part of the day where I get to talk about Harry Styles‘ sex life.
While most of them just tell me that I’m a vile human being, the rare email comes through with legitimate career advice. And today’s really struck a chord with me.
Seriously Jenni do you not have an editor? A proof reader/mate who can check your words? Or even an English O’ level? Or are you simply so arrogant and misguided in your writing abilities that you don’t even even bother to read your words before they go to print. I would advise you to at least do a basic course in grammar or better yet go for another career. Writing is NOT your forte. Shockingly badly written article not only technically but content also. Go back to school or travel the world and find something you actually have a talent in. Calling yourself an ‘author’ is laughable.
Don’t try to retaliate in words I wont be reading any email from you and I am not a writer so if you think my writing sucks-NOT bothered- I’m not trying to make a living from words or professing to be an ‘author’ .
P.S. Read Tolstoy war and peace for starters.
Where do I begin with how much I appreciate this feedback. Because truth be told I don’t have an English O’ level and rather than attend college, I simply attended the School of Arrogance and Misguidance. It’s an online school that I’ve been informed is not accredited. You’ve probably seen their commercials on late night TV. Or any time you’re watching the Lifetime Movie Network.
And I suppose she’s right. Writing is NOT my forte. I grew up wanting to be a astrophysicist/stripper. But my grades weren’t ever good enough to get me on that track. So I fell into writing and I’ve been doing it ever since my run for political office failed.
But this poignant email reminded me that I’m not a writer, nor an author. Maybe not even a decent typist. I’m just a girl who read the entire Goosebumps series, yet never managed to pick up War and Peace. And that ends today. Consider this my resignation. I’m moving on from “writing” and “authoring” to find out what I’m good at and what I should be doing with my life.
Unsurprisingly I’m not even good at deciding where to travel first. So please, leave suggestions in the comments. I’m ready to begin the rest of my life. And I’m ready to make that happen today. Can I get an inspirational monologue from a sports movie up in here?!
P.S – Don’t mind this old photo of me. It’s from my less-groomed days as a freelance writer.
(Photo: Kate Connick)