Write Like You Don’t Know Any Better
By now you probably know I have a weekly grammar column in The Current, a local newspaper that everyone in the North Indy suburbs (Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Zionsville, Geist) gets in their mailbox every Tuesday. I can only assume a small percentage of people read this publication cover to cover (my Grammar Guy column is towards the back, near the crossword), but it’s been great exposure for my writing.
The Current’s editor let me know they received hundreds of sample columns from other grammar columnist-hopefuls, and they picked mine. Again, I knew I had competition, so I wrote my first column in a way I knew no one else could write; I wrote in my distinctly weird, quirky voice.
Here are the links to my first two articles:
I’m grateful I get to write something funny every week thousands of other people read.
With this newfound confidence buzzing around in my brain, I had another idea for an editorial/humor column and decided to pitch it to the opinion/editorial editor at the Indy Star (without even writing any samples of the article). He liked the idea, so I wrote a sample article and sent it back to him.
Long story short: next week my column will appear in the Indy Star. I'm not sure yet if it will be a weekly column (or what), but I'm freaking out with excitement. Stay tuned until next week for the column in the Star.
Here's what I'm taking to heart right now: I shouldn't be the person to answer the question "Why not me?" I'll leave that to the people who are qualified to do so.
I have no business writing an editorial column for the Indy Star, but it seems like that's what I'm doing now. I don’t know any better. And it seems like a mixture of hustle and rookie smarts are paying off for now. Print is not dead, people...wrote the guy on his blog.