I am a writer. That is my job, my passion, and my desire for the rest of my life â€“ for today.
When I started getting serious about my writing (instead of keeping a journal of poems and short stories hidden on my shelf), I looked for opportunities to make money. I tried the traditional methods â€“ sending in manuscripts and queries to magazines. The stack of rejection form letters started to grow out of control.
I needed a different direction. More importantly, I needed money. Now! I stumbled on a sight that would pay me to post comments on forums. It wasnâ€™t much, but anything was more than nothing. I signed on.
By using my writing â€“ where ever I could use it - I discovered a world of information. To write intelligently about the subjects, even for just 15 words, I had to know something about them. I researched, read, and surfed the internet for tidbits of information that would make my posts useful.
After a couple of months, some of the site owners began to ask me to write articles for the sites. Now I really had to do some research. Writing 300 words can be quite a challenge when you donâ€™t know the subject intimately.
The more I wrote these short articles, the tighter my writing became. I started to stretch my employment opportunities by looking for writing jobs on www.craigslist.com, and other freelance sites. I got a job writing a football article once a week. Since I had never been into football, I started reading up. I think this last season was the greatest season of my husbandâ€™s married life. I actually encouraged him to watch football.
I continued to stretch my writing skills by taking classes, writing in a multitude of subjects, and attending conferences and seminars. The more I grew, the better my techniques became. I continued to submit to print magazines, and just last week I sold my first major article.
It was a tremendous feeling. Instead of sitting back and coasting on that feeling, Iâ€™m using it to push me even further. Everyday is another chance to get my work out there for people to view and enjoy. What I have found is that everyone gets there in a different way. Itâ€™s great to use other peopleâ€™s experience as a guide or encouragement, but you have to find your own path.
If you want to be a writer, the only thing you have to do is WRITE.