I honestly haven't had too much difficulty writing the way they would like so far. I haven't been asked to write too much of my own content, so I've gotten off easy in that regard. I definitely wouldn't have a problem with writing in my own words, but most of what I've done so far is really technical and narrow in nature. The tone is pretty clear-cut for most of the writing I've done and a lot has had to do with me sorting text and piecing things together from existing information.
I definitely had some difficulty figuring out what was expected of me during the first couple weeks of my internship.
At a digital marketing agency that works with many clients, I have had to adapt the voice my writing to not just one, but several different established tones in industries of varying seriousness and technical complexity. However, the biggest challenge had little to do with this and had more to do with writing in a way that’s congruent with SEO best practices—which, as I’m sure I’ll frequently reiterate on this blog, are frequently changing.
I haven't found workplace writing with my particular organization to be anything more difficult than my expectations, but the Katz study does help pinpoint where and why some challenges occur. With the writing process, I find that there have been few challenges in the planning process of my documents, mostly because my supervisors have made the purpose and audience of said documents so clear to me. The flyer I created for an event was the most difficult document to plan because it was the only one that I did not have something of the past to reference.
The biggest challenge that I have encountered with writing in my internship is learning what feedback is valuable when evaluating manuscripts. To a certain extent, my classes at Grand Valley have prepared me for that aspect. I learned through workshop classes how to talk about writing and what vocabulary to use. I know how to say more than just I liked it or I didn't like it types of feedback. The challenge came with the type of writing I was evaluating. The manuscripts I look through are meant to be literary fiction.
A writer finding the voice they want to write in is one of the hardest things a writer has to do. Most of the writing courses I have taken in Grand Valley have stressed the importance of finding your voice and I've even taken a Style and Technique class almost completely focused on analyzing voice. My classes have very much prepared me for finding the voice and knowing who my audience is to best prepare my writing for the situation.
Writing for App to Succeed, there is a fairly large target audience. While the program is directed towards teens ages 16-19, it is important to take different things into consideration. For example, every teen’s financial background will be different and their background knowledge about personal finance will differ. So, the information needs to be presented in an interesting way to all parties involved and be applicable to everyone. Also, parents can see the information their child is receiving and there is even content more directed toward them.
Thus far, my greatest challenge in terms of writing for Grand Rapids Magazine has been learning how to write documents that fit with the standards of the publication. Katz briefly discussed this in the reading, but I’ve found there has been no immediate way to overcome this problem. It will take time for me to learn AP style and the conventions that go along with it; this mainly stems from the fact that much of my work writing articles is a long process.
What has been your biggest challenge in this regard? How were you able to overcome it? Did your courses help you prepare for this challenge? Discuss how your supervisor has assisted you in this matter.
I have most definitely faced this challenge being a new intern at Women's LifeStyle. When I first started writing fot he magazine in October, I met with Richelle, the editor in chief. She talked to me about the magazine and what she was looking for. She wanted someone to expand the "Eat Fresh, Eat Local" section by going around Grand Rapids and interviewing local business owners. We talked at length and brainstormed topics for the months ahead. When I left, I was assigned to writing about champagne.