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Well, okay maybe not fame, but I can dream can’t I? A new emag from Australia called Vitality Bulletin has published two of my articles in its premier edition. My pieces are on pages 9-10 and 12-13. On page 3 I’m listed as a Contributing Writer. Cool, huh?

I still get a thrill from seeing my work in print, whether it is online or hard copy. It sounds trite, I know, but we truly are artists. Words are our medium and the internet and print are our canvases. Writing is still fun for me and I hope that I never lose that feeling. Some days it takes all I have to get words down, but once I get done I have a sense of accomplishment. On other days I can write for hours and still be ready to write some more.

Early in my freelance career, which is by confession still very new, I had to learn to let my work go. So much of what I write goes out into the world without my name on it. Web content is pretty much ghost writing and it was hard to know that my work would be claimed by someone else. But I started to look at it as a service that I’m performing. As long as I’m happy with the pay I’ve received for my work, that is what matters.

At first when I was breaking into Freelance writing,  I started with Demand Studios. Yes, I know, you’re thinking Content Mill…but really Demand Studios has high standards. Their editors check your facts and have no patience for plagiarism. Writing for them taught me discipline and the pay is pretty good for the amount of work you have to put into a piece. One of the most important lessons I learned was to use reliable sources. This forced me to find good factual sources for my information and that in turn I believe has made me a better writer.

So, where’s all this going? I have no idea, seems like I was in the mood to wander all of the spectrum this morning. Writers do that ya know…

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When I started my freelance career, my focus was on health and beauty articles.  Recently I’ve had an assignment on World Extreme Cagewrestling.  If you knew me personally you’d know how humorous this subject is for me to cover.  I am the least athletic person you may ever meet.  I know nothing about the WEC.  I used to watch wrestling but when it became a huge soap opera I quit.  So off to the web to do research and I’ve actually found this subject quite interesting.  The amount of training these fighters go through is amazing.  I still can’t understand why grown men and women, yes women, go into a cage and beat the snot out of each other, but hey, whatever sinks your bobber. 

One of the most suprising things I’ve found is that although I’m a cosmetologist, writing about hair is sometimes difficult.  It’s one of those things where I know what I want to say, but it is so second nature I have a hard time putting it down on “paper”.  I’ve been hired to write some web content for a beauty salon and it’s been like pulling teeth getting it into an article format.  It did help when I was explaining to a friend what I was writing about because she was asking me questions.  She suggested that I act like I was explaining the subject to her and that she knew nothing about it, that has worked wonders. 

So, don’t be afraid to expand your horizons.  If you’re unsure about a subject, research it and when you write about it remember the questions you had at first.  If it’s a subject you’re familiar with it may help to pretend that you’re explaining it to a friend.  Who knows what I’ll be writing about next?  I can’t wait to see.

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Every week Jennifer Stewart of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia sends out a wealth of wisdom and information in her newsletter, Writing Tips.  She includes a bit of humor, well alot of humor, little known word wisdom and there is a link to The Never Ending Story.  You can click on it and add your two cents worth.  Believe me, it is worth it to read the entire story.  The posts are very imaginative and quite funny.  I plan to put my spin on poor Dr Morgenes adventures soon.  Go ahead, do it!

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I have a hard time with priorities sometimes. So many things can distract me. I’ve recently addressed this on my blog MammaP’s Pearls of Wisdom. Usually I start working about 2pm. I’ll stay at it until around 6 or 7pm and break for something to eat. Then I get back on the computer and try to write for a few more hours. During this time I check my email and can get way off base confirming Facebook friends, Twitter posts, and generally looking around on the web when I should be working.

My hero, Anne Wayman, has posted a good article on her blog about discipline and persistence. She gives some really useful tips on how to plan out your day and week. You can see it at About Freelance Writing. Check it out, I’m sure it will help you stay focused.

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I just created a new blog, Mamma P’s Pearls of Wisdom.  My dad used to call the sage advice he gave me Pearls of Wisdom.  He had a wry sense of humor to say the least.  So, come and visit my new blog and leave a comment if you like.

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First Steps

I finallly got my act together and sent of a couple of articles for a website to look at. They wanted me to write a blog and a regular article. Can I tell you how hard it was to figure out how to write the blog? I know, it seems like I know what I’m doing here, but to take facts and put them into a blog was a challenge.

Fiction and poetry come naturally to me. I’ve always enjoyed researching and writing factual articles, even in school. But the world of blogging is new to me. My darling daughter guided me and helped me get my article into blog form. It passed her inspection so I sent it off. Hopefully the site will like my style and hire me to write for them.

I’ve revamped and resurrected my newsletter. Instead of focusing on just losing weight, I’m focusing on a more broad healthy lifestyle theme. I believe that if you can make good choices and concentrate on achieving good physical, mental and spiritual health the weight will come off.

Losing weight isn’t about staying on a strict diet for X number of weeks. That doesn’t teach you how to eat for the rest of your life. Once you go off the diet the weight usually comes back and brings it’s friends with it. Yeah, you can lose 20 pounds on a diet but soon you’ve regained that and maybe 20 more. What a vicious cycle that is!

So, check out my newsletter. It’s an inspirational piece that I publish every week. I use my expereinces, scriptures, recipes, and information that I ferret out of various sources to give folks the tools and support they need.

Now, I need to get my darling daughter out of bed so we can go to the library and do some more research. So that’s it for now.

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