Archive for February 8th, 2008

What I’m Up To These Days Work-wise

I feel like I’m not blogging as much as usual and that’s probably true. What have I been up to? Well…

1. The book, the whole book and nothing but the book. All 60,000 words of it. Phew! That’s a lot o’ words!

2. Publishing my e-zines (Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama) and e-mail messages with lots of mistakes lately (I’m also usually the one who adds typos back in after my editors do a great job taking them out). But this has been an especially bad month for e-zine confusion! Next month will be better.

3. Hosting the Northwest Author Series that I started in the Fall. Up next is screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb on February 24th—Academy Award day.

4. Preparing for two classes that start next week, Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff (Especially for Moms) and Targeting Your Best Writing Markets. (!!!)

So, yeah, been pretty busy. After next week things should lighten up a bit.

It’s almost time for my workout and I can’t miss it today because I skipped on Tuesday and did this instead:

Cupcake

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The Write Attitude: Quiet that Questioning Voice in Your Head

Jennifer ApplinBy Jennifer Applin

“I’m a freelance writer…well sort of.” When I first started my writing career this was the type of reply I gave when asked what I did for a living. I should have stopped after the word “writer”, but inevitably I’d follow up with “well sort of” in an apologetic tone. The truth was I didn’t feel like a writer yet and so declaring to be such made me feel like I was being deceptive and a fraud.

If you can relate to my inability to really own the statement “I’m a writer,” you may be letting your lack of confidence hinder your success. To quiet that questioning voice in your head that asks, “What are you doing!?!” make a list of everything a writer does. Your list should include tasks such as: brainstorm ideas, research markets, construct (bullets here?) queries, and time actually writing. You are most likely doing all of these things, and will soon reach the next level of getting published and making money. If you were to compare your writing related to-do list to that of an established writer you would see striking similarities. What does this mean? You ARE a writer, so it’s time to make that claim.

It took me a while to quit adding the “well sort of” at the end of my reply. What finally did it was when my daughter’s teacher mentioned, during a discussion on careers, my daughter told the entire class that her mother was a writer, even though I hadn’t been published yet. When the teacher asked if this was true, I just smiled and replied confidently, “Yes, I am.” If my daughter could stand up in her class and tell everyone that her mother was a writer then it was time for me to own that title. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you build it, they will come.” When it comes to a career in writing you need to change that to “If you say you’re a writer, you will be.”

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Jennifer Applin is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and four young children. She is a regular contributor to eLearners.com and writes for many regional publications. She spends her days cooking, cleaning and caring for little ones, and her nights writing about pregnancy, parenting, and the quest for peace (as in peace and quiet). You can also find her at Managing the MotherLoad.


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