I first want to begin by saying, I have been writing my whole life! I started keeping a regular journal when I was twelve years old. I wrote poetry throughout my school years, I wrote lullabies when each of my children was born, and I even took a few news writing classes when I was in college.
I have always done it, but I never actually DREAMED of doing it as a career. I always dreamed of making money as a photographer. I started my own portrait business when I was 19. I loved taking real photos of real people. I helped to make memories last. That was my slogan anyways. I never could bring myself to ask the ridiculous fees that other portrait photographers were asking so I was undercharging and way too busy for my family.
When I became a mother, I decided to put my photography on a back burner. I believe that family should always come before career. Pretty soon though, I was bored. Plus my husband asked for a little help making ends meet so I tried to find alternative ways to make money.
I didn't trust those get rich quick schemes. We had just moved to a new place and I didn't really have anyone to watch the kids while I worked on photo jobs. Not to mention a lot of the jobs that were on the work-at-home-websites, really were boring or terrifying! I mean, who wants to stuff envelopes, or sell various products to complete strangers!
One day I drove past the office for my local newspaper, and I remembered my experience with newswriting from college. I thought, "I can earn money writing articles... It won't be much but it will be something!" And it's true. The pay is low and it's very time consuming, but it was something! Plus, I have been able to connect with members of the community, which will pay dividends, and my husband is getting some help with the bread winning, which is priceless. Writing for the news paper also helped me to think more about the other ways that I could earn money writing; books, articles for magazines, blogs, and more.
I had never realized all of the possibilities, but the truth is that a lot of writing jobs just don't pay well. I knew that. I had been hoping that someone would pick up one of my children's books and offer me a million dollars... someday. That was when I discovered the wonderful world of copywriting. I did a lot of research. I spent a lot of time pouring over the different copywriting courses. Now I can work from home, help bring the bacon, and enjoy myself while I am doing it.
Why do I write? BECAUSE I CAN!
About the Author : Lindsay Hodge
I am a writer and a photographer, a stay-at-home-mom, a wife, a homesteader and I am interested in all things sustainable. My husband and I own our own homestead... If you like that sort of thing, you can check out my OTHER website.
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