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Old 08-02-2010, 03:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
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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?

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Old 08-02-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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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!!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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I am writing about glutamine side effects in canines and the effects of arsenic and lead on plant life among others.

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Blah, I mostly got my writing done this morning, and then this afternoon I was thrown a MASSIVE rewrite. Argh.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Is it DS Katie?

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Yes.

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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!

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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.
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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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I'm free!!!

I just quit my critique group and I feel so free and alive and able to write and think and be creative again!!! I started feeling smothered about 6 months ago, but I trekked on, thinking I'd be a quitter if I left. Other people love critique groups, so I should stay, right?...

But after the last round of critiques, I knew I had to cut the rope. I usually walk around during the day with one or two new novel ideas rolling around in my head. But for the past 3 months, I haven't been able to think of anything! No new ideas, no new characters, nothing!

So I decided to just do it. FOR ME . I knew it was the right thing for ME to do and for MY writing. I just felt like my book was getting ruined and my writing style and voice were being smothered, distracted, changed, wrung dry...

The moment I drove away from my final meeting, I got a whole new story idea! And I just feel so FREE ever since leaving I want to jump for joy!!! I can start writing for myself again!!!



I want to blog about it, but a few of the members read my blog, so I can't blog about my happiness for leaving quite yet. I don't want to step on anyone's toes. I know some people live by their critique groups. I applaud every writer for doing for themselves and for their writing what works for them. I do.

But I also had to do for myself what works for me. I need to only hear my own voice in my head (and that of my characters). Otherwise I can't do it. For me it started feeling like 'a hobby', casually going through the motions, taking my sweet ol'time... I'll never get anything done that way. I needed to take charge and get back to treating my writing like a career: wake up early, write/edit for two hours, then get to work on the rest of my day.

I did learn some great lessons while in the group - what good and bad writing looks like and what to do about it. But I'm not about having an ongoing conversation about my writing with people who are happy waiting a month or two to meet again. It's maddening! To me, that is

Tomorrow, I start to get back to writing work. No more hiatus.
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Awesome, MommyHawk! Freedom is always so nice. I was a teacher before being a WAHM, and when I walked out of that high school for the last day, I felt freer that I ever have.

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I think a critique group would kill me.


Think of me today...I'm hunting down writing jobs.


If I need a reference for web writing, is it appropriate to set up a blog specifically to show some of the types of writing I can do?

rainbowmoon- That FWO site is amazing!!!

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I have been feeling under the weather the last couple of days so behind on this weeks work already.

heidirk- I think that's fine about the blog being used as a sample.

cograts on your newfound freedom Mommyhawk!

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I think a blog is perfectly acceptable. I've often thought of starting one to display my web content work, but alas, my best intentions have yet to prove very productive.

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Hey!!!!!!! Subbing... still trying to revise the end of my story...like a lot of you, I've very little time right now...

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what genres are we all writing? anyone else writing women's fiction? (at least that's what I think I'm writing )
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I'm mostly a non-fiction writer. Fiction scares me. LOL.

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Fiction is scary. That's what my personal work is, that and poetry. Just as scary, I think. I also do essay once in a while. Worked nicely for blogging.

In my day job, I write for advertising, marketing and packaging.
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mostly writing non-fiction/essays here.

Doing a blog critique/refutation of a pro-punishment book author. little too highly specialised to be good for resumes, tho'.

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