Mistakes, mistakes and mistakes. This becomes a major part of your life when you start the pursuit of becoming a journalist. However, there lies a major difference between the number of mistakes a person does who has been born and brought up in a metro city and the one who hails from a small town. And in many cases, the latter gets extremely frustrated after a certain time span. So frustrated that the only option left is to change the profession.
I am not demotivated or lack courage, but this is a concrete fact which becomes a major part of every person who is struggling with this. Okay, let me be very clear. Journalism involves various duties and in this context, I am focussing on the writing part. You go out, hustle, gather the information. And then, then comes writing, which is, for some out there, is the biggest challenge. So big that it seems as hard as climbing the mount Everest.
People often suggest the novice writer to read, read and read a lot. And when you do so, the flow of writing starts to be seen. However, the story doesn’t end there. You need to be factually hundred percent correct. And when that is also achieved, is the job done? Not yet! Now you got to improve your vocab. Seriously, this is an unending process and there are a huge bunch of people for whom this is like burning cigarette. But for the person mentioned in the title of this article, the cigarette takes years to get lit.
Many times, when you realise that you aren’t fit for this job and need to change, it’s already too late. I mean it feels so stupid changing your profession after spending 2 or 4 years in a job. Then what, people end up doing for the whole life with the same struggle. But I think it doesn’t remain a struggle for the whole life but for the initial days, it is. You might say that every profession is tough in the initial days. In that case, I must tell you, if English isn’t your native language, it takes years to excel in it. And without being an expert in it, you just can’t survive in this territory.