A few months ago I was chatting with a fellow mom who asked me what I do (she obviously meant other than carting my children around to preschool and dance class and swimming lessons as well as keeping them supplied with nutritious fodder and clean-ish clothes.)
“I’m an aspiring writer,” I replied sheepishly.
“Oh, do you blog?”
“Nooo, I don’t blog!” said I. (I didn’t say that, but I did think it. Being the traditionalist that I am, writing online just doesn’t seem real, any more than reading a book on a kindle – or whatever it’s called – or listening to music through teeny weeny headphones seems real.)
What I actually said was, “No, I’m more of a paper and pen kinda gal, ya know. I’m not really into the computer that much.”
“Oh, you should. I just got asked to write an article for someone because they read my blog.”
And my world tipped just a bit.
Fast forward to this week. I have finished my first non-fiction article and I am almost ready to send it off with a query letter. To garner some support in my new endeavor I started chatting with some other writer-moms online. To my utter amazement I discovered they all write online either for publication sites and/or their own blogs. AND THEY GET PAID FOR IT.
World tips completely over and I’m falling head first into cyberspace.
I have been calling myself an aspiring writer for many years now but I was intimidated by the world of dash-your-dreams editors and query letters. But now (dammit) I have no excuse. Just write a little article, get it accepted at one of about a trillion publication sites, and wait for someone to send you a check for, oh, about $2. Who cares, you’re published!
And this blog? I’m still loyal to time spent curled up in a chair with journal and fountain pen writing words for no eyes but mine. But if this blog really can help my writing career by forcing me to write everyday – to hone my craft – and maybe, just maybe, catch some editor’s eye, then ok, I guess I’ll give it a try.
But I do still plan to write for those real publications one day.