Lisa Cleary knows about working diligently to not only learn about the craft of writing, but she has also used her skills in a number of writing assignments meant to give her a wide range of experience.
Cleary has both a B.S. in English and mass communications from Towson University and a master’s in writing from the same university. She now works full-time as an editor and writer at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore.
What inspired you to become a writer?
“I fell in love with writing ever since I was in first or second grade. I always found it fascinating that I could write down how I felt at a particular time to record that memory forever.”
How does your educational background relate to your current role?
“Double majoring was the best decision I ever made. I had to think, ‘the job force is competitive, especially within the writing industry. What would give me leverage? Education. Experience.’ A lot of people major in communications, but I supplemented that degree with an English (writing) degree to give me an advantage and sharpen my language skills.”
How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?
“Without my education, I wouldn’t be working in academia at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I was brought on to write and disseminate information, a perfect fit for my background. In addition to that, my personal portfolio has helped me to land many national writing jobs and assignments such as the Huffington Post, the Today Show, and others.”
What is some advice you can offer others looking to go into writing?
“For those starting out, network, be genuine, work hard. For example, I supplement my day job with writing projects that I work on at night and on the weekends. If I want to write for a specific platform, such as the TODAY Show, I am creative in how I market myself to them. I’m also working on a novel and children’s book, so I have to remember these things can take a long time and not get discouraged. I write monthly to-do lists that I break down into weekly tasks.”
Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years.
Primary interests include metaphysics and energy healing in which she has several certifications. She has written for Examiner.com since 2009 and also writes for Om Times. Sue lives in Baltimore.