October has been a busy month this year, and one of the best parts is the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada writers’ retreat. Every year, a bunch of writer buddies get together at a gorgeous beach resort here in Nova Scotia for a weekend of writing, brainstorming, and fun. Although you definitely can’t swim at this time of year (unless you’re a member of the Polar Bear Club!), we always enjoy walks on the beach, feeding the bunnies that roam the resort, and delicious food at the main lodge.
Here in Canada, Thanksgiving just happened as well, and I have a lot to be thankful for. Last year at this time, I was an unpublished writer and was just starting to work on the manuscript I’ve entered into the SilverHart publishing contest. This year, I am a published author with one book out in the world and another on the way very soon. (Fury Scorned will be coming out on November 1, 2015!)
Thanks to all my readers for your awesome support – it means everything to me. And thanks to my fellow members of RWAC for your friendship and another fun retreat!
Some of the jobs I’ve held include: short order cook, nanny, postmaster’s assistant, and “background talent” (read – extra in movies and commercials). But of all the jobs I’ve tried, the one that I’m least likely to write about is the one that I spent the most time training for – my current profession of lawyer.
Although it sometimes seems like you can’t throw a gavel without hitting a lawyer-turned-authour, there are two main reasons you won’t catch me writing about my day job any time soon (though I’ll never say never):
My source material would be pretty boring – and that’s how I like it.
Some writers have no problem turning the day-to-day life of a lawyer into the stuff of thrillers, but I have a hard time associating the reality of my job with the kind of romance and adventure I enjoy reading about. Actually, scratch that – I actively avoid romance and adventure in my day job. It decreases the odds of getting sued.
Do I personally find my work exciting? Yes. Would the general public? Eh, maybe it depends on the day, but if I had to guess – no. The types of law I practice do not lend themselves to Grisham-esque scenarios. Nor is there anything particularly glamorous about wearing pantyhose for 10-12 hours per day.
Writing is my escape from the ordinary.
Everyone is familiar with the old advice to “write what you know”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write what you do. So far, I have written about ancient Greek legends coming to life, the colonization of a far-away planet, and the adventures of a high-class madam. As you may have guessed, I have first-hand experience with exactly none of these scenarios.
But I do have a lot of fun writing about them!
How about you? Are there any jobs you find duller than dirt? Any that you can’t, or won’t, write about?
(I assume all those romance-blog-enthusiast international spies out there are sworn to secrecy, but let’s hear from the rest of you!)
This post is re-blogged from my post on the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada blog, a great place to learn more about some very talented romance authors. Check it out here!