During P.E. class in the 10th grade at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School in Miami, Florida, I wrote my first full-length poem. Everyone that read it (friends and strangers alike) loved it! It was then when I was first told that I should consider a career in writing. At the time, I didn’t take it seriously. I was determined to be a high-powered finance professional taking corporate America by storm. But I never stopped writing.
When I got a job opportunity as a writer in 2004, I discovered my love of writing for a living. Up until then I had only written poems. By then I’d been bitten by the storywriter bug – I wanted to write novels and short stories. I had avoided the former for many years because it felt too long and too hard. In 2008, I finally took on the challenge of writing my first novel. Following this, i changed my college major to English, and embarked on a career as a professional writer and creative writer.
Shawanda, the Freelance Writer
While my initial career path was centered in Business (Finance, to be specific), I discovered my passion and exceptional skill in writing even before starting college. Over time, I developed an interest in pursuing it full time. Eventually, I changed the direction of my collegiate studies, switching my major from Finance to English. This allowed me to continue my passion for writing and still maintain a corporate presence. My secondary and post-secondary education included courses in report and technical writing, classic and modern literature, creative writing, organizational management, and business administration.
Professionally, the majority of my experience has involved utilization of my advanced verbal and written communication skills. Prior to becoming a freelance writer in 2011, I gained valuable knowledge, skills, and experience working in the newspaper publishing, travel, and human resources industries. During my tenure with previous employers, including American Lawyer Media (publisher of the Daily Business Review) and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., I developed proficiency in creating content and correspondence for consumers and businesses, with a focus on client satisfaction and empowering the company brand.
As a profesional writer , I’ve written and ghostwritten various types of content – specifically, articles and blog posts in several areas, including (but not limited to):
- Real Estate
- Home Improvement
- Arts & Culture
- Online/Digital Content
Having written for a number of different consumer-driven industries, I’ve mastered the ability to create content that is concise, intriguing and informative. Additionally, I have several years of experience writing for business purposes, which includes composing Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer communication. What has enhanced and enriched my professional writing is my nearly 20 years of creative writing experience.
Writing is so important to me because of the power and freedom it gives me. Not only am I a believer in the power of words, I’m an advocate for clear and effective communication, no matter what the purpose or reason is.
I made the decision to be a writer, and contribute to the growing universe of captivating writers with the hope that I can foster the same love of words in others that I’ve had my entire life.