My writing life, except for a weekly post that pays enough to pay for my medicines, seems to have come to a standstill. I’m no longer at a fork in the road, I’m at a damn roadblock. These days I semi-exist on ramen noodle lunches and work part-time as answering service operator–a job I wouldn’t wish on my worse enemy. I also search tirelessly for writing opportunities. My search leaves me frustrated, depressed and wondering if I’m going about it all wrong.
I’m signed up with Demand Studios, but they created topic sections and required every writer to reapply to write the same freaking type of articles they wrote for months. My application was rejected, and there are never any titles when I log in these days. I could earn a nice chunk of change writing Textbroker articles if I could crank out 3-4 articles per hour. I can, but the writing would suck. I updated my profile at Writer Access and am waiting to see if passes muster. Hopefully it will.
I realize I need to be more proactive and start pursuing writing opportunities I’ve yet to tackle. I need to ignore my inner voice that keeps telling me I don’t have the education or experience for to write this ebook, white paper, press release or other type of writing project. Lord knows that as a secretary I did many administrative projects which required learning a new skill or discipline. Why should my approach to writing to be any different?
I want to write press releases. I would LOVE to edit someone’s ebook. I think writing white papers would be a good niche for me. Heck, I’d even take on writing an ebook–maybe my own once I figure out what I would like to share with the world. I need to just go for the jobs I want, instead of hoping they pop up on job boards. Maybe I should re-enter the world of fiction writing, an aspiration I had years ago before life got in the way.
And I need to stop treating my blog like that friend you only see once every few months. I almost forgot I had one. Yep, I’ve been that much out of my groove. Time to slowly back into it, one word at a time.