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
Freelance writer / blogger
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.
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