Scott Mercer

What do you wish someone had told you at the beginning of your career? by Scott Mercer

“Find your own voice and develop it.” My earliest professional writing were derivative, in the style of someone I admired. While readers probably didn’t see it as a knock-off of that style, I eventually did. I also shed the influences of academic writing – big words don’t cut it for entertainment pieces. Both were elements of a style which weren’t truly my own. Once those were stripped away, what was left was a writing style I could really call my own. It certainly made my writing life easier: all I had to do was be myself. I’d say my development as a writer really started at that point.

About Scott Mercer

It's never too late to realize a dream. I spent decades in a corporate environment, but never entirely stopped writing. Sometimes it was a simple departmental newsletter, other times (when the opportunities presented) radio scripts and magazine features. With encouragement from my wife, I finally reached for the writer's holy grail: a book. This opportunity, to combine my passions for writing and music, has been a challenge, a journey, and ultimately, a source of pleasure.

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