A door to open all doors. Throughout the last year I have been exploring my writing more. I have started a blog and (only recently) have been posting regularly on it. I did a storytelling workshop. And most recently, while asking around for places to help me improve my writing, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to start writing for a magazine.
Word magazine is a magazine written completely in English, in Vietnam. I was referred to the magazine by someone else who works there, and after chatting with the director through e-mail, I was given a chance to submit a sample article of mine, being a café review.
Easy, I thought. I was wrong. Boy was I wrong. I started writing the review in the style in which I usually write in, the style I am used to and I am comfortable with, it was going well. When I asked for advice from the other guy who writes for them, he linked me to a document written by word for its writers. I went straight to the section about the café/restaurant reviews and was overwhelmed by the instructions and the outline that they expected, as it was NOTHING like what I am used to writing.
I have been trying really hard to ‘just say yes’ lately and to accept a challenge. All too often I will start something and never carry it through. Or I’ll think of something I want to do and never take any action towards that. So just as I was thinking to myself that I need to email this guy back and tell him I can’t do it, I thought to myself… why? Why can’t I do it. What’s the harm in trying. The absolute worst thing that can happen, is I submit my sample article to him, and he says he hates it and it doesn’t go with the style of the magazine. At least I can say I tried. And who knows, if I try and this succeeds, then I actually get to say that I had my own work published in magazine in South East Asia. And this could lead to many more doors opening for me, and many more opportunities presenting themselves.