You can imagine my reaction when I was assigned a story for the June issue of Greenville Business Magazine, entitled, "Why do we need engineers?" Pretty sure my answer to that is a little different than most people's. I need engineers (well, just the one, anyway) for love, support, and all those fun spousal things. However, I'm guessing that's not why the rest of society needs engineers.
So this was a relatively fun story to write, as I explored the different things engineers do and how they contribute. It was also helpful since after being together for five years, and married for two, I'm still fuzzy on what exactly it is my husband does for a living.
I've said this many times, but my favorite part of being a writer is actually doing the interviewing. I love hearing people's stories. And even as I'm taking notes, as soon as the words come out of their mouth, I can pick out the good quotable phrases that I'll likely use in my article. I can detect what information will be good as a lead and what's useful for supporting detail and data. It's just fun, a puzzle of sorts. I take the information I've learned, and I put it together so that it sounds good and flows well and conveys the information like it's supposed to. And if you look at it that way, I guess I'm a little bit of an engineer, too.