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For those of you who are not familiar with me, my name is Jack and I like a lot of things. I like the color green, caffeinated beverages (with the exception of coffee, BLECK), alternative rock and folk music, and video games. Oh yeah, and I like to write. I like to write a lot. What kinds of things do I write? I write poetry when the mood takes me, I write short stories on occasion, and I also sometimes work on a few novel ideas I have stashed away on my computer. In addition to those pursuits, I am an English Major at the University of Minnesota and so I end up writing quite a few academic papers dissecting Shakespeare, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and other writers that you may or may not have heard of. I am usually perfectly happy to do this, but sometimes, especially in the case of material that I don’t find particularly compelling, it can become quite a drag. It sucks away both time and energy from both writing and reading things that I would normally find interesting and engaging. I enjoy writing creatively enough that I have published a book of poetry and short stories. I published it three years ago as as a gift to my parents for putting me through college and public education. But I have continued working on it over the years and it is currently in its third edition. I’m not going to say that it is good because, well, I don’t think it is that great. In fact, I get a bit embarrassed when people who have read it quote lines from it. But that is neither here nor there.
On top of all of this, about a year ago I started making an effort to be active on the Game Informer website that I had been a part of for the two years previous. At first it started as something that I would do every now and then, but soon I started trying to post every week, and then twice a week. Then I went on hiatus for the summer due to work, and I came back determined to try and post every day. Of course, I had to take a few breaks here and there due to outside constraints, like homework and familial obligations, but I have been putting for the effort and I think it shows in the stuff that I have been posting.
Now that this background has been given about myself, I think I try to answer the WGWC #1 topic:
Where do you think you are right now, and where do you hope you will end up with writing?
Well, for starters, I think that my writing is okay. By that I mean that anything I write, while it might be satisfactory and get my message across to readers, it can improve. This is especially apparent to me the first time I went back to edit my book for the first time. I actually edited the thing myself and there were still spelling errors and on top of that the poetry in some parts was just downright terrible. It’s even more apparent to me how far I have come when I look back at the first posts that I made here on GIO. They are… less than stellar. There is a good chance that I will look back on these blogs some time from now and wish I had written them better. And here is the thing, they are better because I have written so much since I first wrote those things. To use a phrase I say myself, “The only way to get better at something is to suck and to keep on sucking until you get better.” That’s one of the reasons I am decent at Call of Duty, I played through Modern Warfare 1 and 2 on the hardest difficulty I could on my first play-throughs. I died so many times, but eventually I came through and I do alright in the online multiplayer. It is much the same with writing. I sucked at the beginning. Many of the blogs I posted were dumb. But I worked through it and now the stuff I post is better, it isn’t perfect by any means, but it is inarguably better.
As to where I hope my writing will take me… that is a harder question. As an English Major, one of the questions that is put to you all the time is “What are you going to do with that?” and, to be honest, I am not sure. I firmly believe that there is a plan for my life and that something will be done with my English degree, but I am not sure exactly what that would be. All I know is that writing, as bad as I might be at it, is what I am best at. As far as I am concerned, as long as I end up in a job where I can write or read things I will be happy. In an ideal world, I would be able to combine writing with something else that I like, for example video games. In fact, the other day I journeyed over to the Game Informer offices and slid my application for their internship program under the door. But I don’t want to hinge all of my hopes and plans on getting that internship (although if I got it I would probably pass out from joy). If I never do end up getting a job in the video game journalism industry, then so be it. I can continue writing about video games in my spare time.
To sum up my answers: I am in the place that I think every good writer should be in – that of constantly improving – and that I hope to get a job being paid to do what I love to do anyway: write.