It’s a good thing my income does not depend on my writing; there has been too little of it lately. And yet, as I read and think and write, I know – despite lulls or dry spells – that I just have to keep doing it. Writing, that is.
But the question that has been plaguing me for some time is – what type(s) of writing do I want to focus on? (Yes, I know that’s grammatically incorrect, thank you – but I think it’s friendlier!)
For 8 months last year, I enjoyed participating in a weekly short story contest in Writer’s Hangout on LinkedIn. The discipline of writing on a theme, with no more than 4000 characters, and within 7 days – whew! It was great training – I surprised myself doing it – and fun, too! But it’s not something I feel drawn to do again right now.
Summer is, I confess, a time when my reading becomes lazy – gentle mysteries, fluffy romances, the odd historical or cross-cultural novel. This has led to an idea that I am toying with – resurrecting a VERY old Harlequin Romance idea, modernizing it and writing it as a novel for the voracious Romance market. I’ll see how it goes, perhaps I will debut a chapter here on my blog…
I wrote several articles for www.ezinearticles.com years ago. On health issues, tips for surviving the holidays, a few pre-blog essays. My longtime interest in nutrition and health led me to write a handful of short pieces for a content-mill-type brokerage. Easy to write and a nice way to share ideas and information I have learned (by trial and error), and they earned me a few bucks. I’ll be starting another article this weekend…
I have dabbled with web content for an African ministry run by friends (www.bopomavillages.org) and am working on a couple of stories – updates on their recent trip to Zimbabwe and a profile on an inspiring man who volunteers in one of the community projects. This is my labour of love, and a way to contribute to this life-giving and life-transforming work in one of the poorest regions in Africa.
I’m still working on honing my skills. Here’s one assignment I did a few months ago.
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While I am contemplating my options, I will continue practising my craft, hopefully improving as I go. I want to be a better writer, so I will follow Stephen King’s advice: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
I am grateful to you, my reading and writing friends, for sharing in this practice. I look forward to reading and writing with you as we carry on…
Oh, Vera, I completely understand! Although writing my book is one of my greatest accomplishments and works (at least in my eyes :)), I don’t expect to make a living off of it. I also tried freelance writing and positively hated it, but I’m glad I got the experience! There was too much worry about scams, low pay for hard work, etc. I admire your ambition! Let’s carry on together!
It’s not easy making a living as a writer unless you’re one of the ‘big’ ones. Ariffa you are blessed to have the joy and reward of your book, Kingdom of the Sun, which has an impact on people and makes us think at familiar things in new ways – even if it won’t earn a Pulitzer or megabucks 🙂 I simply want to use the gift of words God has given me in ways that will help others, honour Him and earn a few dollars. So I’m chugging along…
Thank you, Vera. Amen to that. Anything that has the purpose of bringing others closer to God is priceless.
That’s what life is about, we are blessed to be a blessing. Thanks Ariffa. Enjoy your weekend 🙂
You too, Vera!
I have enjoyed your writing for the past however many months that I have been following your blog Vera, so I am glad you are still doing it. You are a particularly good dialogue writer, I think. All of us need to read and write and read and write. Hopefully we learned all the grammar we needed (for the most part) in school. Now it is just practise, practise, and more practise. 🙂
Thanks for the encouraging words, Beth. The important thing, with any pursuit or passion, is just to keep at it, keep going. It’s by doing that we get better 🙂
I am so proud to know a talented blogger and writer and that’s my friend Vera. 🙂
Thank you Jess. There are many wonderful writers and bloggers. To me, it’s like a diamond with many facets – together, they make up a beautiful precious gem. You brighten my day with your lovely photos and gentle words. Bless you always!