Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Business of Writing: CV
One thing I've done recently is write a CV for myself. I had to do it as an exercise in my grant writing class because I am writing a grant proposal to fund my own research. The challenge I ran into in writing my CV was the blank page staring at me, which was absolutely terrifying.
(CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. It's a detailed, multi-page résumé. Here's an academic link on how to write one: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/01/.)
I had a CV for the work I did as a software developer, but translating that into a CV for a creative writer was brutal. I have not yet published any of my creative work, so I decided to include my works in progress with a blurb for each. As you probably know, writing a blurb can be more difficult than writing the whole novel.
Having a homework sort of deadline for writing my CV helped me write all of my blurbs - I set the anxiety aside and just did it. I ended up really liking what I came up with - and I get to look forward to a critique of them from my professor, which can only help.
For me, the glaring lack of publication credits on my CV is strangely motivating. It makes me want to get busy and get something, anything, published.
Do you have a CV as a writer? If you do, have you ever had the opportunity to use it?