What’s your future biography?
June 26, 2012 § 4 Comments
No one is born a writer. Each one of us comes into this world with the same raw materials, the same potential for greatness. But sometimes we delude ourselves into thinking that we weren’t born with “the gift” that, say, John Steinbeck or James Joyce had.
If that’s the way you feel, take a look at Mental Floss’s list of the early jobs of 24 famous writers. You’ll find that they had the same crappy jobs we all have had at one time or another. They were truck drivers, reservation clerks, cannery workers, car dealers. They were born poor. They were nothing special, and then suddenly they were very special.
Sometime in the future, Mental Floss might add me to the list. If they do, they’ll say my first job was shoveling dog shit at a kennel in one of the worst winters Ohio has ever seen. They’ll say I worked at McDonald’s and Arby’s and Perkins. That I later worked the counter at my family’s drycleaner, and as an inventory control clerk for United Dairy Farmers. That I was a librarian’s assistant and a bookstore clerk. Maybe they’ll mention that I was an editor for Writers Digest Books, and a marketing copywriter for a couple of software companies after that, and a freelance writer for a variety of clients. If I’m very, very lucky, all the readers of Mental Floss will be surprised and inspired that the guy who wrote that Big Book was once a humble kennel cleaner.
What will your future biography say?