Monday, October 19, 2009

Job Interview?

Hi there. Belinda here. Anybody been on a job interview lately? That stress of meeting someone you don't really know, trying to convince them you are perfect for the job. That if they'd just hire you you promise not to let them down.

If you're a writer you are on a constant job interview. Every story we think up, then put down on paper, then write....that is a job interview. And lately it's been feeling like every word I write is that dreaded interview.

I've been doing this a really long time. I guess you could say I've been on an interview that's lasted years. But I continue to apply. Some would call it crazy, some dedication.

But I continue. To write, to create, To apply for this job. Funny thing is, once I get one I'll have to apply all over again for another.

But it's worth it.

What about you? Been on any job interviews lately?


  1. I've never thought about it that way before, Lindi!! But you're so right. LOL

    A perpetual job interview that you have to repeat after every success. :)

  2. I never thought of this as a job interview either but I like that perspective. Or, er, do I really? I hate job interviews! Luckily I haven't been on one in about a year or 2. Writing wise, I'm preparing for 3 requests(interviews) to be mailed.

    Keep writing Lindi, you're close!

  3. Missy,
    I think this thought came to me last week while revising. It seems like I'm looking at every word wondering if this is good enough.
    The whole process just sort of struck me like that.

  4. So Christy, you have three interviews this month alone? Gracious, are busy!! Good luck and get that story out there.

  5. Excellent points, Lindy. I've never thought of it that way, but it's true. Editors/Agents do criticize every word we write and use those words to give us "jobs" on a continual basis. I'm with you though- I keep pushing because I love writing.

  6. Dianna,
    Keep pushing. It's got to be the love of writing. It's a calling we can't turn our backs on. I told somebody just the other day if I didn't write I wouldn't know what to do with those people in my head who keep talking to me.
    Not being a writer they did look at me kind of funny.
    But you know what I mean.

  7. I always thought of job interviews as selling myself. Not in any illegal manner, just that I had to make them WANT to hire me. I had to make a good presentation (in writing this would be my pitch/query/proposal), I had to possess the skills they were looking for(knowing the market and what each editor/agent is looking to acquire), and I had to leave them with a good impression (a page-turning manuscript). So Lindi, you are abosolutely correct.