I always hesitate to use words like expert to describe myself or my accumulated knowledge, and it has even taken a few years to get to the point where I feel comfortable referring to myself as a professional freelance writer and instructional designer. Yet that is exactly the reputation I have wanted to establish, to be recognized as a “pro” in those areas where I have gained the most experience and knowledge.
Therefore, since today’s NaBloPoMo writing prompt on the subject of *work* is:
What do you consider yourself a “pro” at?
–I would have to say language arts and all it encompasses, such as grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and basic writing skills. These are my reasons for coming to this conclusion:
*I have enjoyed writing since I was a young teenager, and even won local and district spelling bees.
*As a parent, I home schooled all four of my kids for 11 years, and tried to instill my passion for writing and writing WELL.
*I have written hundreds of college papers by now –including graduate-level– and today I am starting the dissertation phase of my Ed.D. degree program.
*I have also provided editing and proofreading services professionally for almost 5 years, and wrote my first book earlier this year. I also provide instructional design and course development services, which means I create education and training materials.
When I align everything like that, I feel more comfortable saying I consider myself a pro at language arts. I would like to point out that being a pro, or even an expert, doesn’t necessarily indicate perfection. That is probably one of the fears all professional writers have – at least from what I’ve read and heard from writing colleagues – is making a mistake (even a simple typo) while discussing being a pro at language arts or anything related to writing…because we KNOW someone will take great pleasure in making us aware of our errors!
How about you? In what area do you feel comfortable claiming expertise?
[Posted as part of NaBloPoMo--December theme: Blogging About WORK].