Communication is something I relish in and what better way to communicate than through the written word?
You can be so much more articulate with the written word than the spoken word and by painting with words you can create a masterpiece of communication.
I have worked in many different roles over my ten-year career but one constant has been writing. I haven’t really noticed it to be honest. It feels so natural that I write all the time but I’m not a good reader. I can’t focus on novels after a whole day of reading and writing and I am envious of those that can go to bed with a good book.
I worry about the fact I don’t read many books. Reading is one thing that builds up your vocabulary so I wonder how much better a writer I would be if I did devour books. I do read, but it’s all news articles, blogs, research papers and emails and I read them quickly. Books need more attention and you lose track if you skim read.
I joked once that being a writer is like being a gardener who tends a rose bush then takes a machete to it until he’s left with one perfect bloom. And it is like that. You can’t be too precious about your words when you’re writing for a publication because the chances are they will edit your stuff.
When I was at school, English was my favourite subject. I loved art as well although never felt good enough at it. I had an inspiring English teacher called Mrs Russel who taught me to love language.
I moved over to the dark side of PR last year but after 11 months decided it wasn’t for me. I prefer the other side of the desk. I find journalism fascinating and I’m pretty nosey so interviewing strangers is like a tonic for my curiosity.
I also used to work a lot with video, shooting, editing and directing. As soon as I bought myself a beast of a camera I decided to change direction. Silly woman. I’ve still got the XF305 and use it for clients sometimes but most of my work is now writing, which I’m quite happy with. I’ve still got my Canon DSLR too which I often use to take headshots for clients – I really need one myself!
I’m glad I’ve had experience in multiple areas. It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot about the media industry and myself. What I like and don’t like. I love radio and I love writing and the two marry together quite well. Often I’ll borrow content from one discipline for the other. Radio is a blast and I look forward to it every week. I don’t tend to listen back to the show as my laugh really grates on me.
It’s funny that when I did my degree I was absolutely sure I wanted to go into television journalism. I didn’t bother doing radio, instead I focused on print and TV but as soon as I left university I got a position at Kane FM. I was a co-host on three breakfast shows a week to start with and I’d compile weather reports and news whilst taking the mick out of the host.
Now Jack and I have the Wake Up Happy Show and it’s rather ridiculous. There was me thinking that one day I’d be a serious journalist and the Wake Up Happy Show is what I came up with… That’s not to say we don’t tackle some of the big topics and I do write on important topics like mental health and homelessness, which I grab content from for the show.
Music is an important part of my life although I don’t play much anymore. Much like my relationship with art, music often makes me sad because I’m not as good as I want to be. We did play at our wedding but that was nearly three years ago and was the last time I played in public.
Like many writers I am attempting my first novel. However, feedback from Jack has made me question it. The plot is rather far-fetched and I wonder if it’s even more ridiculous than the Wake Up Happy Show. Although I am a firm believer that we all need more nonsense in our lives I’m not sure the world is ready for that particular piece of nonsense.
I’ll probably never publish it but ho hum! Best to get back to it anyway.