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post #1 of 52
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I hope I'm not stepping on toes starting a new thread, but it's been AUGUST for nearly 24 hours and no one else did it yet!

My writing goals are to re-write the last chapter of my novel and SEND IT TO MY BETA READERS THIS MONTH.

I've been trying to do this for a couple months already but by the time I get DS in bed every night I'm sooooo tired. So I have been working really, really hard these last 2 weeks to convince him to go to bed before his previous bedtime of 8:30pm (because I have to get to bed at 9:30 if I'm going to get enough sleep!!). We seem to be making some progress. My other goal is to convince him to take real naps of 1+ hours at least twice a day, because he's only been napping for 20 minutes when I can get him to nap at all. Oh, to have 2 baby-free hours in the middle of the day! I wouldn't probably write but at least I could get the dishes done so I'd have time to write later.

Soo... how's it going for everyone else?
post #2 of 52
I'm in! I've been an MDC member for a while, but I've never posted in the WAHM Well. I am a work-at-home freelance writer. I write for an online company and also my local paper and mom's mag. I'm looking for speaking with other writer moms.
I don't do a lot of creative writing. Most of my writing is non-fiction, journalistic-type stuff. Hope I'm still welcome here!!
post #3 of 52
Hey!

First time really posting here too

I'm a freelance writer for several low paying jobs while I work on my own personal series of essays and submissions. I JUST had a babe 4 weeks ago so all writing work or otherwise has been on the back burner

My goals for August? Get into the grove! Work and write while babe is sleeping, and take advantage of my mothers helper so I can get some stuff done. I've been itching to write again, and am finally feeling like I can!
post #4 of 52
Congrats on the new baby, mamariffic! I started writing again when my DS2 was four weeks. It took me a few months to get a good routine down, but it eventually happens.
post #5 of 52
Another writer mamas here!

I write web content for a bunch of sites. I am committing to 30 hours a week of writing this month. We'll see how it goes..Need that cash though!
post #6 of 52
Hey, rainbowmama! I also do content writing. Your goal sounds like a good one! I write about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day of content writing. There's good money to be made if you set realistic goals for yourself.
post #7 of 52
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Hey, rainbowmama! I also do content writing. Your goal sounds like a good one! I write about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day of content writing. There's good money to be made if you set realistic goals for yourself.
Oh yes, the $$ is pretty good I agree, if one is consistent. Especially in this economy and being able to do it (some what) at my leisure is a big bonus! The work is a bit mind numbing though at times!
post #8 of 52
Mind numbing=yes!! Today I get to write about bulletin board ideas for a spirit team. Blah. LOL! But, it's easy and so portable. I'm actually at my ILs on a mini-vacation and can work here. The portability is definitely a plus.
post #9 of 52
I am writing about glutamine side effects in canines and the effects of arsenic and lead on plant life among others.
post #10 of 52
Blah, I mostly got my writing done this morning, and then this afternoon I was thrown a MASSIVE rewrite. Argh.
post #11 of 52
I started a blog a month ago, and I am trying to find work doing some writing online. I would love to do Web content, but I have no clue how to find those jobs, and I am gathering notes for a book.


It's time to make some money doing something that comes naturally!
post #12 of 52
heidirk, I can PM you info on getting started with content writing if you'd like. Just lmk. If you're already a writer, it's a pretty easy way to make money.
post #13 of 52
Thread Starter 
katiedid, I'd be interesting in hearing more about how you've found your content jobs. I did a content writing job for a bit before I was pregnant but they're not hiring at the moment.
post #14 of 52
Erin- There are tons of places to write for! Check out my friend Suz's site for a list of pay sites. http://www.freelancewriteronline.info/index.html also I like www.sunoasis.com, www.treehugger.com and sometimes CL. You will make more with private clients of course but starting at the pay sites is the way to get your foot in the door.

So on to my next question... Does anyone know is there is a way to buy health insurance by joining a writer's guild? I know there is such a thing, but forget with what organization. If anyone knows please PM me!
post #15 of 52
I don't know about a writer's guild, but the content co I write for offers health insurance for those who write a certain number of stories a month. I qualify, but don't choose to get it.
post #16 of 52
Is it DS Katie?
post #17 of 52
Yes.
post #18 of 52
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heidirk, I can PM you info on getting started with content writing if you'd like. Just lmk. If you're already a writer, it's a pretty easy way to make money.

yes, please! I have a blog, but its new and kinda specialised so Idk if it would be a good example of my writing. I haven't gotten paid for anything yet.



rainbowmoon- thanks for those links, too...I will check those out!
post #19 of 52
It sure IS August! Happy August, Writer Mamas.

I write for an ad/design agency, so my writing spans a pretty broad range. Everything from teeny-tiny Web tile ads to white papers and everything in between. Print ads, brochures, Web sites, marketing plans, proposals, e-newsletters, direct mail, coupon inserts, sales collateral, packaging copy...

Right now, my active jobs include an e-newsletter, ongoing blog posts, a business-to-business lead-generation campaign, a product launch ad campaign and a B2B holiday card. I'm PT and I put in nearly 11 hours yesterday. This is why my personal writing has gone into a coma over the past many, many months--but things are about to level off some, and I am looking forward to cooler temps, quieter times, and some good, cathartic writing.

This summer has been tough for me. I feel creatively tapped, and my household is looking crazy. We have been without structure with all the hours I have been working, and I haven't felt like dh has been really holding up his end when I am working. In his defense, he has been traveling a lot for his own job, but still. The chaos has me reeling. So ready for school to begin.
post #20 of 52
1jooj, that sounds stressful! I hope you can regain some balance once school starts.

I'm a little behind this month on how many stories I normally write, as I have family in town. I'm hoping to catch up later this month.
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