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John Kunney

For me it was my fascination with the written word and art design since I was a kid in high school. I'm a serious print junkie who loves to read and write about fiction and non-fiction. I also had an insatiable curiosity on how things worked. Our parents would buy us toys which we would play with for about a year. Then afterward we would take the toys apart because we wanted to know what made them run. I also had another fascination with building plastic models of military aircraft, cars, and even ships.

People would always tell me that I had a knack for writing and my father once bragged to his friends about the huge book collection I had acquired in my room. To be honest I really did this as a hobby when I was in my teens and I didn t think I could make this into a career until much later in life. But since so many people complimented me on the way I wrote, I decided it was worth exploring. After all, if I could turn my vacation into my vocation, why not?

I graduated with an English degree that has led me into the field of technical writing. What I love the most about my job is that it s never the same. For the most part I work for the defense industry writing technical manuals on how to use various military technologies. One minute I could be writing a manual for a cargo plane, the next for a tactical fighter, or the next an unmanned aerial vehicle (or UAV, you can check it out on this link: http://www.insitu.com/systems/scaneagle ). The subjects of the manuals are always changing and are very exciting to work with, but for the most part it dealt with maintenance. I authored manuals on how to remove and install parts and components, maintain, inspect, or operate the product. This part of my work really helped me get in touch with that child inside that I use to be who tinkered with his toys to discover how they operated. My writing skills are always tested as well as my creativity.

To answer your question, find out what fascinates you the most. Once you identify it, it will lead you to what I believe is your true calling. For Albert Einstein, it was his fascination with invisible forces that he couldn't see that had affected the things that he could. He was intrigued with his toy compass when he was a kid and how the needle would always point north. This obsession led to his career as a scientist.

Listen to what others say that you're a natural at that you were never aware of. I never considered myself a good writer until my teachers and my friends constantly told me I was good at this trade.

Finally don't ask yourself what you would like to do. Ask yourself what you would love to do so much so, that you would be willing to do it for free just for the enjoyment of it. Do these three things and I truly believe you'll find your answer. Good luck on your search.

Answered 4 years ago

John Kunney