John Marsden Writing Topic #493

Write a piece which shows your real self, your public self, and your imagined self.**

Real Self

My name is Rachel Loveday, I’m 26 years old and I live in Wollongong. I graduated with a double degree, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)-Bachelor of Journalism in 2014, and I currently work as an administration assistant.

While I believe I am an attractive-enough woman, I am currently overweight, something I am slowly trying to remedy. While I am trying to remedy this, I believe I am worthy of love, however I have found in my (limited) dating experiences that men don’t agree with me.

I am currently single and undecided on whether I am ready to find love yet. I want to experience dating and relationships, I especially want to have more positive dating experiences, as my experiences so far have been mostly negative. I also need to make more time for my friends, I’m starting to notice how lonely I am and how much I’ve been neglecting my social life due to my full-time job and needing to commute to work.

I believe I am a strong, independent woman who doesn’t take crap, however I have felt over the last few years that this isn’t the case. This is something that I’m working on. Deep down, as strong, independent, and as fine as I am in my own company, I would love to be loved, genuinely loved and not be lonely anymore. I’m also worried that my dreams for my career, love life, and life in general are not going to come true. I feel like I’ve spent my whole life waiting my turn for things, life to happen and I’m sick of it.

When will it be my turn?

 

Public Self

My name is Rachel Loveday, I’m 26 years old and I live in Wollongong. I graduated with a double degree, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)-Bachelor of Journalism in 2014, and I currently work as an administration assistant.

I am currently an overweight woman, however I also believe I am an attractive one. When I’m working I always dress appropriately and on weekends when I’m not working, I’m dressed comfortably in fitness pants and a top.

I am single and generally try to come across as if it doesn’t matter to me, usually laughing it off. I have an active dating profile which I’ve written to make myself seem as appealing as possible on multiple levels.

At work I try to act professionally, I am constantly helping out, I’m friendly with my colleagues, I try to be as perfect an employee as possible, I never complain or stand up for myself.

I constantly put on a happy persona and keep up a high guard everyday so people find me approachable and I don’t feel overly threatened at the same time.

 

Imagined Self

My name is Rachel Loveday, I’m 26 years old and I live in Wollongong. I graduated with a double degree, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)-Bachelor of Journalism in 2014.

I have a booming freelance writing business, I constantly have a variety of freelance writing work, with a fantastic home office.

I’m short but have a great slim figure, with curves in all the right places. I’m in a happy and healthy relationship with a man who is right for me, and who loves me and truly accepts me for the woman I actually am.

Writing isn’t my only talent, I’m also an amateur singer and dancer, and I love performing and participating in competitions on a regular basis.

I’m a happy and strong assertive woman, and I love my life right now.

 

 

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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