I always loved to write. When I was a kid I won awards at school for writing short stories, poems, I even got one of my stories published in a book. I did an admission exam for one of the best universities in Brazil and I got a 10 (the highest score in the Brazilian grading system) in my essay.
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I love the Portuguese language and literature. I was always excellent in interpreting what writers meant. I wanted to be a journalist. I was sure that putting words in a piece of paper (even if the paper is virtual) would be my livelihood. But I changed my mind and I studied Media Studies. And I moved out of Brazil. I chose to live in a different country. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with my life but communicating, and telling stories is a very important part of who I am and sometimes I feel that it is suppressed for my insecurities regarding the language.
Now that I am concluding my Masters in Content Strategy in German and English at the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum in Austria, sometimes it feels very frustrating in the writing part, honestly. I learned what are the best techniques for writing, how long a title should be, how the texts should be structured for better readability but I don’t write for a living anymore.
When I write a blog post now it feels like homework. Because it is. I plan the whole blog post in my mind. I know where it will take. There are no surprises, no twists. And then I start writing. Title (with maximal 12 words), teaser, picture, paragraph, h1, bullet list, h2, conclusion… The process of writing now it is not easy and not hard, is just another task I have to finish. I don’t hate it and I don’t love it, I just want to be done with it. I really hope that someday I can have the confidence and the motivation to write blog posts in other languages as much as I do in Portuguese.
See, another blog post is done and now to relax (and understand the beauty of this language I love) click on the following link, close your eyes, breathe and listen to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU7TwSaEx2Y
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