Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Finally getting the hang of it


After four months, I think I may finally be getting the hang of this freelance writing thing.  Over the weekend, I pitched a couple of story ideas to the Director of Publications of a magazine for which I had previously written.  I got an e-mail back from her expressing interest in both ideas and requesting a synopsis of each.  I sent those to her, she commissioned both stories, and inquired about me writing an additional story on another topic that she had been mulling over.  By the end of the day, I had one contract in hand and the contracts for two other stories will be sent next week.  A second magazine in which I have a story this month also contacted me this week requesting another article for an upcoming issue.  Looks like I'm finally getting busy!
I don't know if this will develop into a long-term career but I certainly hope so.  One of the things that I've learned over this last few months is that it's never too late to pursue an old dream.  In an earlier post here, I wrote about my desire to become a writer even as a teenager and I'm now getting a glimpse of that dream being realized.  It's hard to express how gratifying that is for me.  I have no misconception that I'm a spectacular writer or that I will get rich doing this but I am certain that God has gifted me to write in a way that effectively connects with some people.  The bonus for me is that I really enjoy writing . . . at least most of the time.  Just recently I read that what writers really enjoy is "having written" and I know that's true for me.  The process can sometimes be a little tedious but the product is always rewarding. 

That being said, what are your yet unrealized dreams and what's keeping you from giving them a shot? 

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