Broadcasting and the media have always fascinated me, specifically radio. Ever since the age of nine, radio has impassioned me. As I said, it’s also broadcasting and the media too. The news has equally fascinated me.
Along the way, at the age of thirteen, I discovered I was a good writer. Upon exiting high school, I won a couple of scholarships in some essay writing contests. I have also written over 20 manuscripts, most of which are autobiographical (thus, considered fiction). Nonetheless, there’s material there for something, sometime, somewhere.
Currently, I am a master control operator. It is not the most exciting of work. In fact, it is a job of regulation. There is no creation in the job whatsoever. I have to find ways to make the job interesting. Actually, the truth is I’m sitting there writing letters to my girlfriend, writing more autobiographical bits, or compiling a myriad of statistics concerning the Dallas Cowboys. I have to create, and I, along with tens of millions of others in the U.S. alone, want to have a fulfilling job.
The only other time I found that fulfillment was during the spring of 2011, my final semester of college when I interned at an international news outlet. Every day, I produced — not “helped produce” — a one-minute web video that showcased six of the world’s top stories. It was so invigorating. Between story/shot selection, video editing, and script writing, I couldn’t tell you which was more enjoyable. I always thought when I graduated that I would find a job like this, even if it paid peanuts.
My girlfriend I suggested I delve into technical writing. Not only does it pay better and have a better job outlook than broadcasting, but I can also use my writing gifts as a career. I decided to give it a shot, and am exploring how one were to break into the business.
From my survey, technical writing appears to be composing and preparing technical documentation. I gave it a shot, and last week actually wrote an operations manual for our live broadcasts here at my current master control job. My boss has yet to read it, none of my co-workers look at it, so I guess it sucks. Or maybe I need to add pictures.
I feel like technical writing may be the answer, but I still have more questions. The biggest for me is whether or not I need to go back to school. Good gravy, with my bachelor’s degree in communications, I don’t want to return to school for another degree. I’m so burnt out. I fought and struggled and endeavored just to get out of school. My last semester was a grapple with a myriad of demons trying to keep me in the academic holding pattern, and I won. I don’t want to go back.
That’s why I joined this site. That’s why I research technical writing every day. If I can avoid biting that scholastic bullet, then that is the shot I’ll take.