My sister once asked me, “What writing subject do you claim as your own?”
Without hesitating, I answered, “Work.”
Although I enjoy writing on a number of subjects, I probably get the most pleasure and satisfaction from writing about work.
I’m fascinated by the claims our jobs make on us, the crowds they place us in, the behavior they force on and from us, and the madnesses, variously disguised, that we bring to work with us.
I’ve written and published about aspects of my life in higher ed, where I was part of that army of administrators who tend to be ignored by fiction and nonfiction writers alike. Those authors overwhelmingly have focused on faculty and students, while leaving the busy herds of administrators largely uninvestigated and unexposed.
Here’s a link to the first of my essays about working in a college, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can see the rest of these personal essays by searching the Chronicle site for Lauren Moore and for Marie Pelangy (two pseudonyms I used).
I discussed being overworked in an essay in InsideHigherEd.com, under the pseudonym Barbara Mainwaring.
Do you gravitate toward a particular subject that inspires you and engages others?