Totally cracked me up this morning when I saw this cartoon.
The reason it strikes me as funny, is because I have heard that if you are a great writer, you simply cannot do anything else well. Is that so?
Well, I just got a job writing for a food column, based on two dishes that I designed from scratch myself. How cool is that? So apparently, I can do both pretty darn well. Of course it’s really the writing that got me the job, but if I could not have created the recipes, to go with the food that I created, then well….would I have the job? No idea, but I’m assuming not.
If you write whether it is full time or part time, do not forget your other interests and hobbies. Do not forget the other things in your life that keep you busy from day to day. If you enjoy something besides writing, then find time for it. You never know where it will lead you.
I now write about scrapbooking (my main passion), freelance writing (my second passion), frugal living (my lifestyle), cooking and food (another lifestyle/passion), photography (which I was lucky enough to be raised by a professional and have taken plenty of classes on and enjoy immensely), single parenting (a lifestyle I lived), adoption for a private adoption magazine (which is what I have lived my entire life) and blended families (another passion/lifestyle). There is nothing that I write about, that I don’t somehow have tied into my everyday living. I used to write about homeschooling, and even worked for a professional homeschooling website. Why? Because I homeschooled my son. I still help out from time to time, because even if I have my child back in school, I am still passionate about homeschooling.
Find your passion. Don’t let it just sit there. Write. A lot. See what you come up with. See what parts of your passion interest you and again write. If you are a writer, you have something to say. Say it.
It might take you awhile to find someone who wants it. But never, ever give up. Find the market that your passion is catered to. Magazines, newsletters, websites and finally, contact organizations. Send everyone samples. You can send the same sample out to many places. Make sure the sample is not the item you want published in case everyone loves you. (so been there done that and was not happy because choosing was WAY hard and I lost a couple of people in the process – if they want the article they get angry when you tell them “sorry, so and so already picked it up.”
If you lose someone, try again with a different angle, or a different article. But write on your passion. Write about your lifestyles. Because you know the subject, it is something you care about, you will write better.