Okay. Here goes. I am a writer. I’m not an entrepreneur or product developer or any of those things I’ve been researching and trying out lately. I am a writer.
I’ve been writing since sixth grade, where I discovered writing for pleasure. And I lost myself in books long before that. In elementary school, we’d have quiet reading time in the morning. Sometime in the middle of it, the teacher would ask who was buying lunch so they’d have an accurate count. More often than not, I wouldn’t even hear her ask, I was so absorbed in what I was reading.
I’ve devoted my lifetime to writing. From 6th grade on, my free time has gone largely towards writing my “secret stories,” as my younger sister put it, because I’d never let anyone read them. My college career went towards writing as I majored in English. Even my first job as a copyeditor is somewhat related.
Now, as a full-time stay at home mom, I need something 1) to help support my family financially from home, and 2) to be a part of, something larger than myself.
I know that writing isn’t always seen as the most lucrative career, but I love it, and the potential is there.
My ultimate goal is to write books–nonfiction, I think, since that’s more satisfying to write–but I’ll start with articles. I’ve had about a dozen published before, but none were anything I believed in.
Step 1: write!
Step 2: go to the library, check out Writer’s Market 2010, Damn! Why didn’t I write that? How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00 or More Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too! (I’ve read this one before; it’s great), and other such books.
Step 3: possibly join a writer’s group. There’s a pretty big one near me, I just have to work up the courage. Maybe I’ll save my first earnings to go toward the membership fee! Nice.
Writing is a perfect career for me in so many ways. I enjoy writing itself. I absolutely love the research that needs to go into it. I can’t seem to keep my focus on any one topic too long, which is great–I’ll write on it, then move on to whatever new topics I am interested in.
Now, on to writing! 1,000 words a day at least. I wake up at 5 am every day so I have time to write before the kids get up.