I just had a slice of humble pie and I can tell you, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. No matter what style of writing you do or specialize in, every so often an opportunity comes by that will potentially open a door to things you may have never considered.
Recently, I was invited to come and be one of three writers being considered for a teaching position at a film school...a working film school. I have written scripts in the past, have even written a play. The problem was that it had been several years since I had done that. When I got to the school, the owner new immediately by my formatting that I was not a professional screen writer. In my defense, I told her this prior to my coming and she invited me anyway.
Morale of the story is simple, if you have a skill set that you only use rarely, use it a bit more often to sharpen it or don't accept offers to do something you are really not sure about. Personally, I will be sharpening my skills in that field because a door has now been opened and I may get another shot. Next time I will be better prepared.
Too often as writers, we just write and do little prep work. I am for that to the point that writing is the prep work. You wouldn't do a book review without first reading a book, right? Writing in and of itself is preparation. Never be afraid to put in a little extra work to make sure your project - whatever it may be - is the very best it can be. Good writing, hope to see you at the publishers desk.
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