10 Apr FROM SUITS TO SLIPPER
There were many reasons I decided to switch careers from Human Resources to writing, not the least of which was that I had characters and stories in my head urging me to let them out. These people and their situations (a troubled psychic in Sedona, Arizona) were on a revolving loop that only stopped when I placed them into literary reality.
Okay, so that’s the noble excuse for leaving a wonderful job with an impressive salary and great benefits. The other? I really hate getting dressed. The whole decision of what to wear, the agony of slipping into uncomfortable, binding garments, especially in the heat of summer—excruciating. Yes, I had a creative drive to write but I also had a sloth’s goal of comfort.
But I found that shedding suits and donning slippers did not necessarily make the transition from a business to a writing career seamless. When I first embarked on the move, my mind was still steeped in e-mail, spread sheets, and the statistical analysis of hiring reports. I was lucky. My career in HR afforded me more creativity than most. After all, you have to be able to come up with innovative solutions whenever you’re dealing with the idiosyncrasies of human behavior. But that was different from writing fiction, from finding words that fit what you’re trying to say, the tale you’re trying to tell. Different from putting your heart onto the page. I’ll admit, when I look back at my first book, while a good effort, it was dry and to the point, often lacking extraneous description – kind of like a model email format.
It took a while to break from that, to get really comfortable in my slippers. Let’s talk more about how in future blogs.