I left high school with the big dream. I had it all planned out…what is that mousy saying about the best laid plans of mice and men? Life took over more than rejection getting me down. I wrote poetry, planned novels, but jumped into an administrative career at the same time right after marriage.
Ladies, I don’t regret marriage and that certainly wasn’t the reason for putting dreams on hold, you still have to make a living. He was the one that actually didn’t want me to go to work and wanted me to follow my dreams. It is hard to follow your dreams when you have a practical bent to how you look at life. I wanted to be self sufficient.
He was (and still is) supportive and encouraged me to take some adult classes I was interested in on writing for children. I learned a lot, except writing discipline and submission discipline. People, stories don’t get published stored on the floppy, diskette, or hard drive (shhh, it is not polite to ask a lady her age). Then kids came, screeching halt.
Tick, tock, tick, tock…years go by.
Lucky for me a husband and three children later didn’t kill the dream. What has happened to me in that time? Writing in dribs and drabs, volunteering desktop publishing and creative church endeavors, some small but relevant stuff and then one day my daughter asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. She was interviewing me for a school project and I was in the midst of considering work at home options related to previous admin and database management work. I knew I didn’t want to go back to an office with a toddler, a preschooler, a middle-schooler and a husband that travels a lot.
“What do I want to be when I grow up?”
She said, “That’s cool” and I thought yeah, that’s cool.
Needless to say, my work at home job search took a U-turn from the original plan of web research, etc. I was going to be a cool mom. Yeah, let’s see how long that lasts.
Coolness wasn’t part of the dream, just doing what I love. So I set forth on a realistic plan, ever with that practical bent, I thought I’ll get my feet wet with online writing and ease myself back into creative writing.
To my surprise I started with creative writing when I partnered with a gentleman I found on Craigslist to write scripts for web animation Christian stories. I then immediately moved from the Telemarketing forum at WAHM.com to the WAHM’s Who Write forum. While I was looking for writing jobs on Craigslist daily and the popular Freelance Writer Jobs site, freelance writer Sue LaPointe of Working Writer Happy Writer was looking for a handful of guinea pigs at WAHM. I was one of the lucky guinea pigs selected to give recommendations for her new book on becoming a freelance writer in thirty days.
If there were three things I would advise you do to become a freelance writer, besides write, I would have to say visit WAHM, Freelance Writer Jobs Network and Sue LaPointe at Working Writer Happy Writer and Build a Thriving Writing Business. These are great places to start. And if you have somewhat of a creative bent like me add Absolute Write to that list. Whatever you do, start making a list.