Thursday, April 19, 2012
Did you Always Want to be a Writer?
Did you always wanted to be a writer? I didn't. Writing came fairly easily to me when I was in college, but it wasn't until two years ago that I decided to take my love for writing more seriously and find out how I could make money from it.
Writing to me was an escape. I was a RN major in college, and as much as I enjoyed going to school for this degree, I constantly found myself thinking about topics and subjects that I wanted to write about in my journal at night.
Freelancing was not an option for me two years ago. It was more like a backup for my actual career plan, which at the time was Nursing. However, knowing just how much time I would have to spend studying in school, and working in the hospital, instead of being able to be with my son, I just knew that I wouldn't like my job as much anymore.
Even though freelance writing came as a surprise to me, It was a pleasant surprise. One that I am truly glad that I found when I did.
I hear many writers often ask me how long have I been serious about writing. I also get asked "how long it took me to start making money from my work".
Even though I didn't take my job as a writer as seriously as I should have in the very beginning, I am proud to say that in a year and a half, I have more than made up for the fact that I did not work as hard as I should have at first. Many writers that DO take their work seriously from the very beginning of their freelancing careers, have a lot of trouble actually getting off of the ground and making a name for themselves in this business.
Being a writer means I have the opportunity to work the hours that I want, and try to make the money that I need for the month. Being a writer also means that I can spend more time at home with my son, and not have to worry about money because I do not have a "regular" job.
There is no such thing as an "easy" writing job. Each job takes time, energy, and a certain amount of research to prepare, create, and finish before it is finished..
Sadly, most people only hear:
"I typed 500 words, and I got paid $1000"
We may do this, but at the end of the day, that is exactly what happened. We took the time to write an article, and got paid that amount for the ENTIRE day. Yup! We ARE writers!
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