On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go to Logan's class and talk to the kids about writing as a career. I was nervous that I'd struggle to gain their attention or keep them interested and did some research in order to present it in a way that would speak to them. Some things I think I hit on the mark, while other efforts were lost on them completely. I quickly learned that the best script means nothing, even in the hands of decent speaker, when kids are allowed to ask questions. As soon as it began, my time with them took on a life of its own. Here are a few of my favorite questions:
"Do you make lots of money?" (No)
"Have you written about any famous people?" (Not anyone that you'd consider famous.)
"What is your favorite type of poem to write?" (In my dreams I sit around writing poetry, not content on Smart Analytics integration for utility companies!!)
"This is not a question, but my mom has a company that sells cute hair bows she makes. Would you like to buy some?" (Ummm, I'll have to check that out!)
These are just a few of the fifty questions they asked. The only one that matters was probably the one about whether or not I ever have to edit my work. We had a great conversation about why editing makes you a better writer and how ALL good writers have to do it. It's actually one of my favorite things to do! We also talked at length about finding a way to turn what you love, whatever it is, into a career.
And the day ended with one child asking if I ever wrote for AT&T. Another asked about PWC. The next about White & Associates. Soon, every child in the classroom took their turn at asking me if I'd worked for their mom's or dad's company. It was pretty funny.
And Logan silently smiled the whole time.