In Response To Ester
I read Ester’s piece last night about how one can’t make a living as a writer because writing isn’t a job and I just have to ask, what the heck am I beating my head against the wall for then?! I’ve been diligently studying the craft since I first read an ad from AWAI back in the summer of ‘15, not to say I haven’t dabbled in writing for some time, but, since I read that ad about becoming a Barefoot Writer and living the “dream”, it’s all I’ve been able to think about. I’ve taken classes on Udemy, Skillshare and become a member of the Barefoot Writer’s Club ( mainly to get the magazine that’s chock full of tips and advice, not to mention, contests!)
Now, I put in my time working a real job in the medical field for 22 years, then had a mini-meltdown and my hubby let me ”retire” early. Since then I’ve tried all kinds of ways to make money, from crafting to blogging and side jobs here and there. He tells me not to worry about it, I quit to keep my stress level down so I don’t have a breakout, but I am an independent woman and I kinda like having my own money for spending as I choose. I feel guilty spending money, even if he tells me it’s our money, because I don’t have a “real” job anymore. (well, now I do, I’m a part-time caregiver) That’s beside the point. Now I’m on a mission. This place, AWAI tells me, you can make thousands of dollars being a copywriter and if I was doing that, my husband could retire.
Problem is, their programs are so expensive, I started looking for other ways and started reading everything I could get my hands on about freelancing, writing for the web and entering writing contests to try to win money. So far, I’ve gotten zilch, but I keep trying. My husband is somewhat supportive and even bought me this Mac I’m using to tell my tale of miserable failure but hey, my blog is doing pretty good anyway.(no money but about 55 followers) My hero since I’ve been reading all of your wonderful stories here on Medium is Nicole Dieker, especially when she reports how much she’s made writing. I call that a real job! She makes lots of money (and hustles her butt off) but hey, doesn’t that prove that it CAN be done? I continue to plug along, trying to pitch my articles and write stories to gain experience and someday, I hope I can say “I’m a writer, it’s what I do for a living” and mean it.
No, I have’nt really tried to write a white paper or case study, my writer’s website needs alot of work and maybe I’m trying too hard in all the wrong places, but I will get there. I get inspired by all of your stories and honestly, I’d rather be writing something creative than something technical and I guess that’s why I chose blogging over copywriting for the time being. I just don’t have the time alot of other people do to devote to the craft, I, like other people I read about last night, feel guilty if I’m writing instead of cleaning house or working on other projects, so I don’t spend enough time seeking out the money-making opportunities. Heck, my blog isn’t even monetized because I screwed up and built it on a free platform but if I could start making money, I would change all that. Right now I’m satisfied with just getting something published to add to my portfolio. It’s really hard starting out as a freelancer and I still have alot to learn. I will keep reading and writing though and I’m interested in writing for the Weekly Knob, so, here I go. I’m Kim by the way, nice to meet you all and no offense to Ester, maybe she’s right after all.