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Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270177
09/20/06 02:58 PM
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I feel really frustrated, because I want to write to inspire and inform, and help people live BIG lives -- but I'm not there yet. I'm definitely not satisfied with my writing life. I want a part-time job writing, whether print or website. How can I make this happen?

Anyone out there happy with their writing lives? If so - what makes it good for you?

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270178
09/20/06 09:03 PM
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Hi Laurie:

I have similar goals --but am just making the transition from full time work as a marketing director for a really cool local gov't agency to freelance writer/pr person/virtual assitant. We are also moving across country at the same time. I would also be interested to hear from happily busy writers.

Meredith

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270179
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that dear friend, is a life long occupation in itself ...
one: on being satisfied & two: on our writing life.

a little reminder: remember the 'ripple effect'

... whatever you 'do' has an effect upon yourself & others. from the smallest thing we think insignificant to what we would think the grandiose gestures of doing something big ... it ALL effects someone & something.

life happens continually, keep your focus & your focus will be perfected in all the ways it needs to be. causing you to change with the intent & focus of your heart.

you are a creative person, creating everyday. your life! being the change you want to see in the world today! what a wonderful adventure. what a glorious journey!

enjoy!

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Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270180
09/24/06 08:47 PM
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Wow, that was deep and fitly spoken! You do live up to your name. :-)

I think it's also important to be open to new opportunities, and keep trying, and write what you love regardless if you'll ever be published, and .... that's it. And be patient. I want everything NOW!

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270181
09/24/06 09:08 PM
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Laurie, I think I've always been a decent writer. However, I found it frustrating that it took me so long to figure out that writing is truly my passion. (about a year ago) I began to wish that I'd chosen Journalism for my major vs. Psychology. Everything happens for a reason and in its own time. Two things I did to give me the boost to write regularly was I joined the newsletter staff at my church and also joined an online writing group. In the last year because of those two activities I have written more in one year than I have in the last 10 years combined. Bella is an excellent opportunity to be heard. Just hang in there. Nothing worth having comes easy. I have to keep reminding myself that all the time.

Best of luck to you.

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270182
10/09/06 08:06 PM
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Laurie,
As others here have said, and as you've no doubt discovered, the writing life is, um, a life-long process. I don't think we ever achieve a perfect Zen-like state with our writing. Most of us write because we have to--something inside us needs to get out, and we put it down on paper. It's what makes us writers. Getting paid for it...now that's a whole other thing <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />. I write mostly nonfiction; business stuff actually--anything from grant writing (which I totally don't like) to commercial stuff like ghostwriting OpEd pieces and creating press kits (brochures, press releases, etc.)--anything that gets my juices going. If you're just starting out and looking to get published, trying writing OpEd pieces (Letters to the Editor) for your local newspaper. Or if you've got one subject that you're really knowledgeable about, maybe you can propose a weekly column to a local newspaper--even those free newspapers (like the Thrifty Nickel) need new content all the time. If you want to get your name out there as a writer, sign up for a free blog at someplace like blogger.com, and start posting your writings there. There's lots of ways to drive traffic to your blog too so others can find you, like doing tagging and social bookmarking, but that's way off topic so I won't go there. Anyway, just keep writing and sending stuff out. You can also go to websites like elance.com and bid on writing projects there too, but that's a real hit-and-miss proposition. I always advise people to start out with a blog, mostly because it's free, but also because they're quickly starting to be THE hot marketing tool, and what better way to market your writing than to get it out there into the world! I've also got an ebook that I'm getting ready to launch that's sorta related to this, but I've got to find an appropriate board here somewhere to ask for reviews before I "put it out there." Hope this has helped.

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270183
10/20/06 06:17 AM
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Yesterday I received an acceptance from a Canadian magazine called alive, from a query!! woo hoo

Life lesson: PERSERVERE no matter what your dreams may be, because if you try long and hard enough, you will reach your goals!

Thanks for the words of encouragement Angel, Yolanda, c.l :-)

I think it also helps to put it out there, to talk about your dreams and goals. It helped me, anyway....

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270184
10/20/06 06:22 AM
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Congrats Laurie! Good job!

Julie

Re: Are you satisfied with your writing life? #270185
10/22/06 11:27 PM
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Hi.

I recently stared writing myself. You might consider joining an online site which pays you for non-fiction articles. See my content producer page and you'll see what articles I've written & you can go to their home page to join yourself.

They don't pay much, but I look upon it as paid experience for Writing 101.

Good luck and let me know if you join.

Here's the link...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/11137/l_v_paganini.html


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I've been freelancing for nine years now and there is a constant ebb and flow of success and happiness as a writer in my little world! But, I've learned to take it in stride and just keep plugging. Diversifying helps -- I write for children's non-fiction and travel niche markets. When one is down, I focus my energy on the other and vice versa; they're separate enough to keep me busy.

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