One of my biggest life goals is to get paid to write.
And when I say paid, I mean actual cold, hard cash.
I’m not interested in writing for “experience” or “exposure” because neither of those things buy groceries or get me any closer to achieving my goal.
For a long time, I told people that I would have a book published by the time I turned forty. I’ve come to the realization that this is not going to happen. I mean my fortieth birthday is just over a year and a half away and the only books I’ve written are the imaginary ones that I day dream about while I’m in the shower.
So if I’m not going to write a book, how else can I make money from my writing?
I have this nifty little blog, but publishers aren’t exactly lining up to throw money at me for my musings about parenting, cats and short shorts.
Do I gather my best work and randomly send it out to different publications? In theory this sounds like a great idea, but when I actually sit down to do the research, I get ridiculously overwhelmed. Then I get stressed and find myself shamefully polishing off an entire family sized bag of M&M’s.
Do I send my writing to other blogs? Websites? Magazines? Newspapers?
Do I start with local publications or the New York Times?
And then there’s the whole world of writing contests. I’ve entered a few over the years and have had a one hundred percent failure rate. Just the thought of entering another one fills me right up to the brim with self loathing and dread.
Do I start my own website? Self publish? Write a play? TV show? Screenplay for a movie about a writer at a creative crossroads?
Where is all this coming from? This need to make my writing for money dream a reality?
Could be that there are big changes happening at the toy shop.
Could be that the beginning of a new year has me feeling like I need to get my shit together.
Could be that I’m ready to put myself out there, to take a leap of faith into the writing world and see what happens.
So if you want to help out your old pal NFred reach her writing for money goal, please spread the word that I’m willing to write literally ANYTHING for money.
Essays, taglines, short stories, tweets, jokes, non-fiction, poetry, product descriptions, reviews, flash fiction, comics, grocery lists, obituaries, blog posts, speeches, Facebook statuses, Dear John letters, greeting cards, hieroglyphics, ANYTHING!
Also, if you have any suggestions of where I should start, I’m all ears.
Thank you so much and happy freak’n New Year! Here’s to a creative 2017!