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Amazing News for November 1st & Thanks

It’s a little early for New Year’s thinking, but I find myself in a place of reflection, and with the desire to re-examine where I want to land.  I’ve been doing some reading along these lines: things about how to run my freelance business better, how to get writing work from writing for free, etc.

In that vein, November 1st, an essay I wrote about my interview with Rosemary Wells will appear on Jane Friedman’s blog.

Jane Friedman is a giant in the industry I am trying to infiltrate as a freelance writer and writing teacher.  I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity.  Plus, she liked my essay.  And said so.  Both to me and to her audience.

I am also hoping, with my fingers crossed, and my eyes squeezed shut, and my spiritual observances made, that the essay yields an inquiry or two into my services as a writer.

One of the awesome things about being self employed is that I have total control over the focus of my business.

This same awesome thing can be hugely dangerous for a person like myself who has obsessive focus and drive, but can switch gears quickly and often, especially if something new is more interesting (or potentially more lucrative).  For example: my present focus in writing is divided in three. I am doing some short stories, a novel, and some personal essays.  I am thinking about learning graphic design. For a time, I was obsessively pursuing additional proofing and copy editing work.  But the last two are not my passion.  They are a distraction.

At the core of what I want to be now, and what I have always wanted to be, is a wordsmith tapping away at the keyboard for 8 hours a day (or more), journaling at the park while her kid plays, and 10-year-plan style, retreating to some secluded place in the summer for writing solace and fulfillment.

And on more levels than some other people with my same credentials, I am successful.  But I’m not there yet.

So thank you, people who read this blog: those of you whom I know, whom I don’t know, whom I hope to someday know.  Your consistent visits here encourage me on a daily basis.  And any greater success I obtain will be yours, too.  Since what I write doesn’t matter a lick without you who read.

And thank you, Jane Friedman, for lending me your audience.

Onward.

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2 comments on “Amazing News for November 1st & Thanks

  1. I’m not surprised that you are running your own writing business, April. You’re one of the most resourceful people I’ve ever met. Hope Jane’s blog gives you the bump you deserve, and I’ll keep you in mind when people are looking for a freelance reader for their work.

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