If you ever wanna get writers block, the surest way is to put yourself in a position to churn out an article every other week.
When I was in college at UC Riverside I burned through all of the Creative Writing classes that I could, as they gave me a way to express my thoughts while getting a fairly easy grade. When I had exhausted all the lower division classes available, I found myself in the last one open to me, “Intro to Playwriting”. I was gonna hate this. The easiest way to stifle me would be structure. But something happened along the way that I never saw coming, I discovered that I wanted to be a writer. Of course, like most dreams, the prospect of me taking it to the next level dissipated when I realized that writing is a great deal harder than I thought, and frankly, I wasn’t that good. I instead graduated from UC Riverside, found my calling in insurance, and for the next 26 years found a very lucrative career in this business.
When the opportunity presented itself to develop JPG’s website, our consultant said that in order for our site to have any teeth we would have to produce content at a rate of at least an article every two weeks. Just then, 27 years after my dream was born, I was gonna fulfill my destiny, I was gonna get a chance to write, with no filter, no editing, nothing stopping me from greatness. Turns out, the greatest barrier became my own mind. The first several articles were easy enough; some about insurance, some about lifestyle here in Las Vegas and even some regaling memories of childhood and how growing up back when differed a whole lot from growing up now. But, unless I start pouring out pieces about the merits of a good agent, knowing the proper coverage limits on liability, E & O, blah, blah, blah, I am oxygen starved for good material. Then it occurred to me, there actually might be one or two people reading this, and maybe, just maybe, they have something to say, but not the venue to place it. So, here’s my pitch: If you have something you would like to put out there, on topics that matter to you, or why your business is better than the rest, I wanna see it. If it is well written, follows most grammar laws, I’ll print it.
Here are the rules: Submit to me at my e-mail address, cory [at] jpginsurance [dot] com, anything that moves you. It can be about your vocation or company, how you successfully canned garden spinach to last all winter, pictures and a story about the elk you took down in Utah, heck, why you don’t like hunters. I am open to anything. All I ask is that you keep the content free of political rants, religion, etc. Above all, it must be your original writings. I am not interested in re-posting anyone else’s articles or cat videos. If you have a secret dream like I did, or do, and you want that dream to reach my 26 readers, bring it on.