Why some authors such alarmists? And can a person with low self-esteem to become a good journalist?
In Voronezh there is one popular newspaper. Urban news, rewriting-tips from the Internet, is the one who pays is the issue , and so on. The development of the layout and running many years ago I was engaged + coder Sasha. Texts were many, and they were mostly trained freelance writers. Why not herself? Did not have time. Over time, the newspaper's editor, who liked to "wander around the city in search of new themes", and I laid down the duties of the Deputy. That is, do everything – order the texts and photographs, edit, agree, confirm their comments, take photos, proofread the finished strip and a lot of little things, like contests and the Stripping of the TV program from someone who graduated early.
Why not write me? First, once. It is already clear. Secondly, once I was assigned to make a report about the performance of circus performers in the lobby of one of the shopping center. To write about the fact that the juggler juggled and acrobats were acrobatic, was bored, so I made emphasis in the text on the monkey, who staged his show: went to the audience, danced with them, redistributed the purse and phone that she could not hold, in General lit and was met with enthusiasm.
To write in a family newspaper about the monkey felt normal and I and the editor. But there was also "editor in Chief", which in professional schools didn't study and only played the role of the coordination of texts with the Boss-who-paid-the issue.
After the Chief saw the band with a monkey, I was called for a long conversation and began to convince that I can write children's texts, style no, you can't write perfectly. In General, it's not my business. Here edit – please. It goes. And about writing texts forget it.
I forgot. Not once, of course. Just this conversation repeated many times and with each successfully edited text to me was "you see, edit work, and writing – no, don't even try!".
And what is the result?))
From that newspaper I quit my job and decided to take the path that is specified in my diploma (I studied journalism, but a degree in "the advertiser"). Got a job in a casino to the position of art Director and began to plan an advertising campaign and to order business cards.
But his hands itched. And I still began to write. For yourself.
The texts never showed, as in I firmly drove my.
Not my – okay. But to knock on the keyboard is always possible.
And here appeared an unusual business magazine. DF surprised and charmed Voronezh. It was not just the texts in the style of "I'm the Director of this factory, I paid big bucks and therefore you are required to read a boring monologue about what our plant is cool." It was a provocation, research, analysis, innovation in everything – from the subjects prior to the filing of the text. And there was my favorite experiments!
The magazine gave one to a friend to read out holes, with lots of underlining and notes. Us precious room brought advertising Manager. Let me remind you that I was at that time the casino was frankly bored and write I wanted.
— You must have such cool journalists work! I said to the Manager when he brought another room.
— What! To write to no one! Looking for authors, but so far no one cope.
I hinted that I finished journalism and I have one tekstik, who may be interested. The text was written "just in case" and was a humorous gradation of casino visitors (two years of work as a croupier during the study resulted in a few sketches and neobychnogo the beginning of the novel). To their stupidity I assured this guy that writing did not know how, but if he can, then... let them show. So, just in case, I also "still will not take."
However, my "sketches" were interested, and I arranged for a meeting with the chief editor. Instructed to write a detailed article about the casino in the section "exposure of the business." We all have to make an assessment of the gambling business in the city, find out how much money in this area revolves, what are the gains and losses, who ever goes there and how the business began and evolved.
It was difficult to do, as I myself worked in a similar institution. Ask about such details in the open but could not. Helped friends who shared information. A little here, something there, he recalled the experience, took a couple of comments. The text, however, asked to publish under a pseudonym. But! After the piece came out with my article I immediately called the magazine a permanent job.
"Oh! – I was surprised. – I do not know how to write. Know me at my old job said. All of this happened by accident." Wrote another "exposure" and I set "condition" to work for a period of two weeks and presented to the editorial Board for the position of "journalist", which, by the way, they've never had.
And you say – does not work...
I occasionally meet students who in addition to counseling on glossy journalism need more psychological support. I understand – the support at the right time, capable of miracles, I myself with "kicks" faster but... will someone please tell me one thing: if a person is constantly looking for evidence that he did not succeed, why does he keep trying? I understand: either you want to do, or do not want. In the first case, you take and do, in the second do not.
But if a person wants to achieve the goal, began to act, but it is constantly looking for reasons why it won't work, then I have only one definition: the man is a masochist. While admitting that he's just afraid to take responsibility for their decisions.
Just today received a letter with the phrase "I need to understand is, if my writing ability is below average, then I'm not even going to try on something "sculpting"".
How the teacher can assess the extent of our powers? And — should he do it?
I always thought that the teacher should just believe. To support, to guide, to explain, to fix and to maintain. The word "support" I mean encouraging phrase. For example, I am in each letter be sure to put "Good lyrics!", because they do you want.
Will tell you another story about "will – fail". In 2006-07 I taught acting at a modeling Agency (yeah, I'm diverse))). The pupils came to different. Someone tried to disrupt the lesson, wriggling and boycotting jobs, someone carefully carried out the exercises, flirting with the "revolutionaries", and someone sat on the bench and doing nothing at all. Girl Nadia belonged to the latter type. She could not do anything. Making sketches, blushed and went over to whisper, to show emotion didn't work, be creative, offer something new – especially. If a person absolutely nothing if they want him to "score" or should try next?
Somehow in the bitter cold, which the model apparently could not bear, Hope came to the class alone. And it burst! In the literal sense. The first half hour we tried to break the barrier and do at least one exercise. But when she even slightly turned... it was just different! With each new exercise, she was transformed – she had been a singer at a press conference, an alien, a monkey (I just followed these animals)). More Nadia was not a problem – with each lesson she grew more confident and... freer.
If she's had a long time getting certain techniques of acting, whether it was necessary to say to a girl that modeling is not for her? If the author could not write an article, if he should leave journalism?
Let's digress and discuss what skills one must possess to become successful in glossy journalism.
- The ability to form words into sentences, and sentences to make the paragraphs.
- The ability to come up with catchy titles and captivating leads.
- The ability to find the information you need, and preferably one which still has not been found.
- The ability to talk, to get his exclusive review.
- Ability to analyze, to generalize, to highlight.
- Self-promotion, job search, new media, in which you could be published.
I do not share these skills on a particular gradation. For some materials (reports) is more important to be observant and see what was seen by witnesses. For dimensions to get rare facts and be able to perform. For the interview, of course, it is important to gain the trust of the interlocutor.
So why, after simple observations that lead you need to make fun of or title to come up with more exciting discouraged? Why is a man who knows how to fill in the foldable keyboard, the text requires confirmation that his abilities are below average?
I have another version – I'm too hard on others))
If you want to become a renowned author and make a career in glossy journalism, you need to do to make their dreams come true?
I think you all already know))
What do you think? Share whether you personally someone else's approval, proof of your abilities? And let's discuss what qualities you consider most important for a journalist.