Some of you may know that I've been looking for a job. I'm not currently jobless, but I do feel that I will be ready to move on from where I am in a few months.
For my future, I currently have several different jobs that I'm considering:professor in a community college where I would be mainly teaching, professor in a liberal arts college where I would also run a lab, consultant in a think tank, and something called a program officer that deals with the distribution of funds to other research scientists.
This last week, I had the opportunity to have lunch with a program officer, and the more she told me about her job, the more I realized how excited I would be to have it. It seemed to be the perfect combination of tasks that I love doing with a minimal amount of stuff that I don't like doing.
And, for some reason, that struck a chord with me when I thought about my writing.
I think so often as I'm trying to improve as a writer I force myself to do things that I see other people doing. I'll try to improve my dialog, for example. Or, I'll try to tell less and show more.
But, I wonder if maybe writing what I'm naturally resistant to isn't such a good idea after all. In other words, just as there's a job out there for me that makes use of those tasks I love without the tasks I hate. Maybe there's a readership out there that appreciates my natural tendencies in writing.
Must we develop every writing skill out there? Or, does the lack of skill in a certain area help us steer our own writing in a unique way that might also fill a niche?
Note added later: Some of the comments here say what I tried to say much better than I did here.