Well, I made a promise.
In my last post, I said I was going to tell you my plan for easing my financial writing fears. So, even though it makes me nervous to make it widely official, I’m doing this.
I’m going to get a Copyediting Certificate and learn what it takes to become a freelance copyeditor. This isn’t to say that editors are flush and I want to get in on that easy money. (I’ll pause here to let any freelance editors who may be reading this finish rolling on the floor laughing.) It is however, a slightly steadier source of income. It won’t be as dependent on sales or producing my own work quickly.
I’m also continuing my creative writing education by taking some online courses, reading more books on the craft, and delving deeper into the blogs, vlogs, and podcasts I already use to learn. Not only am I aiming to learn how to be a better writer, a goal I’ve always had, but I’m working toward being better at marketing, an area in which I’ve always struggled.
Off and on for years now, I’ve been looking into going back to work. With another young child in the house, this becomes tricky. Full-time daycare plus after-school care and transportation for my older kids costs pretty much the same amount that I could make. Also, I love my life. I love the flexibility our family has. At the moment, we only need to schedule our activities or trips around the school calendar and my husband’s work. I love being available for my kids and their activities.
I love being a writer, too, and I want to do this well. I’m not ready to give it up. By re-committing to this life and choosing to stay in this line of work, I’m staying true to myself while still trying feel financially useful.
I’m happy to say you can now expect more here, not less.