Monday, January 11, 2016

No new words, and I figured out why.

Over the past week my husband has been diligently breaking down my old office furniture and assembling the new.  And while I was very excited about getting new furniture, and rearranging things, it meant a lot of work.  We had to pull out files, papers and everything that had found its way into nooks and crannies that rendered them out of sight and mind.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

First Wednesday in 2016

It's that time of year when we are still labeling everything as "firsts" and I am already exhausted.  I recently realized that despite my efforts to change my "day job" I was really going through the motions.  I mean I have submitted resume after resume and even though I was disappointed that nothing seemed to happen, deep down I think I'm OK with it.

To be honest, I don't want to leave my "day job" to go to another "day job".  I want to leave it and not need to work for someone else to make ends meet.  This approach is outside of the norm, but I think that my "To Do" list for the year will come in very handy as I try to position myself to write (or do more writerly things) to earn income.

So, while my current job is not ideal (and can be pretty stressful), it does pay the bills and serve as motivation for me to work towards my goals.  And if I change my perception of the situation, hopefully it will help me to improve my quality of life.

Just a random personal overshare as I chase my dreams.  Feel free to join in and share in the comments. :-D

Monday, January 4, 2016

How to Start Freelancing

I love weaving the stories in my head.  I get lost in the dialog, scenery, plots and just introducing the characters to a new world of readers.  But I have often wondered how I could use my writing in a more immediate way to garner income. Enter "freelancing".

Freelancing is not a new concept, in fact the Internet has made it much easier to become a freelancer regardless of your area of expertise or level of experience.  All you need is a website and a way to drive potential clients to it.  At least that's what most resources say.

But there is more to it than that.  Do you use job board, network offline, or find a company that outsources projects and hope they need a lot o help? I really just depends.  Every situation, skill set and desired outcome is different.

Since I had so many questions before delving into the "Art of Freelancing" (oooh, that sounds like a great title), I started doing my homework.  And in the process, I came across some great information for beginners at  Working Writer Happy Writer.

I am not quit half way through the introductory course package and feel more confident about making my freelancing dreams a reality.  If you are interested in freelance writing, check them out at http://workingwriterhappywriter.com/ .