Learning how to write

There are so many things I love about my new job. I know that I am only 15 days into it, but it’s a bit like when you click with a person. You just feel completely at ease straight away and feel of value because of your thoughts and ideas. After six years of floating around with no particular direction it is fantastic to finally be doing something I truly feel invested in.

The greatest thing about it is that I get to see Bangkok through different eyes. When you are writing for a specific audience rather than just for pleasure, you see things differently. Even visiting a shopping mall becomes more exciting! You need to decide how you feel about a place, and more importantly how a visitor to Bangkok would feel about somewhere. Just because I am super passionate about art and could enthuse about most of the galleries in the city doesn’t mean I should preach to the readers. My writing is anonymous (I was even called a ghost writer the other day) – they don’t know anything about me so judge everything on face value.

The food is another upside. Somehow the promotions manager has worked out I like cake – so when I go to review hotels they like to feed the stuff to me. I have had fancy pastries in a five star hotel in Chatuchak and amazing crepe cake (a layer cake of cream, pancakes and strawberry coulis. Get some.) in Khao San. The sugar rush I have experienced in the last three weeks is impressive.

The only downside about my job is that I am so tired after writing all day that the last thing I feel like doing is blogging. Hopefully over the next few weeks this will balance out and I can get back into a rhythm. There are so many things I am discovering about the city that perhaps aren’t the right fit for work, but would be perfect to share here.

The idea of writing for a living has always been at the back of my mind, but I never thought I would be good enough (and for a long while was too lazy to do anything about it). I’ve only just realised how amazing it is to be doing something you really love as a job. I spend more of my waking hours doing this than anything else. I know a lot of people aren’t lucky enough to have a job they even like, and I feel very grateful.

Note to self: Editing is also important!

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