“I’m here to help you! Learn?” Introducing Joe

by Joseph Robinson, Dec 06, 2017

Hi, good to meet you, my name’s Joe, and as I’m writing this, it’s my first week working at Codebots. When I was younger and shorter, I wrote eclectic (bad) fiction and comic scripts, and graduated (literally and professionally) into academic and corporate writing.

Learning to write

I completed an internship at the Queensland Writers Centre, worked as a grant writer, and then kept writing as a Technical Writer. It sounds like a consistent pathway when I talk about it in hindsight, but there were more than a few twists in the path.

So if you were wondering, yes I still make typos. I still need to check my style guides for grammar rules, since I can’t remember them all. And I still feel like I have a lot to learn (and a lot of good books from great authors to read).

Learning to ask for help

I’ve asked for a lot of help from mentors, and from other people I’ve met who know way more than I do. Listening to their advice has provided me with some of the most useful skills in my toolbox.

It was the act of asking for help that changed my direction on the pathway for the better. If you ever need help, ask for it.

Learning to listen to your instincts

The take home message, or the bit of wisdom I guess, is one of the best thinking tools passed on to me: stop and pay attention to what you’re doing, and listen to your instincts. I’ve been able to keep going as a professional writer because my instincts tell me to stay curious, stay interested, and accept help from mentors if it’s offered. And as a Technical Writer for the Codebots Academy, I bring the best of my writing experience.

Learning about movies!

And now for some references to movies! I’m also an avid film-goer, and to get to know me a bit better, I’ve written a list: these are descriptions of my top five movies. These films have come along at a key point in my life, or they’ve stood out as in some way. The characters were compelling, or there was a message in the story that I connected with. Don’t we all have movies that have helped map out our lives?

Learning about my top five movies