Sunday, April 1, 2012
A is for About
Because I'm mildly insane, I've decided to try the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for April. Thanks to Tossing It Out, I'll be (theoretically) blogging on a different topic for every letter of the alphabet, every day in April, except Sundays.
My theme is going to be What I've Learned About Writing, though I can't promise that every topic will be precisely that.
Eight months ago, I finished a lengthy audition process and began a new writing life as the Guide to Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss on the consumer health information site, About.com. It's actually the primary reason I haven't been blogging around here as much as I used to, or as much as I'd like to. See, working for About requires a time commitment. But, honestly? That's been a good thing.
Here's what I've learned:
1. I am still capable of writing in an academic style! Sources and everything! *pats self on back, wonders where diplomas are*
2. It is possible to write 4800 words a month on contract (plus 7 blogs and 4 newsletters) and still have time for my fiction writing. It takes some discipline, and the near-demise of my evenings, but it is possible.
3. Writing non-fiction at a demanding pace like that keeps my fingers primed for writing fiction.
4. Ideas for fiction can come from the strangest places. There is a seed of an idea germinating in my brain. I suspect it will be a slow grower--like maybe woolly bear caterpillar slow--but it could be good.
5. It feels really really good to answer the question, "And what do you do?" with the words, "I'm a writer," and know there's a paycheck to back it up.
6. I'm starting to think I could handle some other freelance assignments. The world is full of possibilities.