My road in life has taken me all over.
Discovered a love of writing, despite my dyslexia, but became convinced it was a dead end interest.
Went to massage school, because that seemed to fit. Fail.
Moved halfway across the country and enrolled in community college.
Worked as a writing tutor part time and in a drug store part time while going to school full time.
Left school to work various retail jobs full time.
Studied insurance sales, got certified to sell life/health insurance, but found it wasn't for me.
Landed a "real" office job, and started researching how to write for the internet/copy/fiction.
Saved enough and paid off as much debt as I could, before diving into freelance/blogging.
Keep following my journey
I write about various topics, ranging from landscaping to disability issues.
My work combines:
My work combines:
Day to Day
I'm usually up between 6 and 8 am, feed the cats at 8, brew up coffee, and cook up breakfast, then sit down at my desk to write around 9. I work on my blogs until around noon, when I fix up lunch and exercise for about half an hour or so. Then, it's back to my desk around 1 or 1:30, where I work on copy, fiction, networking or submissions, depending on the day and workload, until 7 or 8 pm.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
The awesome thing about writing is that you can apply any experience to it. In freelancing, you need to be willing to fall back on personal experiences just as much as researching new, interesting topics. Blogging requires an understanding of how internet search works, and cultivating a personable, easy to read tone. You also need to learn how to be businesslike, but friendly and firm at the same time. Never give up, because dry spells are discouraging. Flexibility and creativity are key.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Figure out what your passion is and write about it. Write a lot about it, and find a safe group of people with which to share your writing. The best first step is always practice.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
The Noise I Shed
From Society in General:
"Writers make no money. Besides, you're dyslexic. Maybe you're smart, but is your writing really good enough for anyone to pay for it?"
Challenges I Overcame