Monday, January 3, 2011

Suite 101 ~ A Lesson to Remember


I'm still getting my feet wet in this world of freelancing.  I have to admit, it's not easy.  I have found that my biggest obstacle is myself. I don't think I realized how much I torture myself on a routine basis, until now.

Yesterday, I started to write my first article for Suite 101.  I began my quest before 6 a.m.  Since I'm still wrapping my brain around SEO and keywords, I made the mistake of trying to write an article on something I knew absolutely nothing about, in hopes to generate a money maker. After wracking my brain for hours, I decided to give it a rest and come back to it later in the day.

When I returned to my self-imposed prison of cash-cow article solitude, I had an epiphany.  I am not yet skilled enough to write an article about something that I not only know nothing about it, but that I am completely disinterested in.  If I start out this way, it won't be long before I begin to loath writing.  If I write about things that I am not interested in, how can I gain the interest of the reader?  I do believe this is a lesson worth remembering.

In any event, I wound up writing an article called "Hysterectomies: Consider the Alternatives," a subject that I recently became intimate with, since I had one myself just a bit over 6 months ago.  Despite my own personal experience with the subject matter, the article still took quite a bit of time to write (the self-abuse thing again).  I was proud of myself for sticking it out.  I know this won't be the last time that I struggle writing something, but I also know that the only way to get better at writing and to develop my writing confidence is to keep at it...which is exactly what I intend to do.

Nothing worth having is easy to obtain, I have said this a million times to my daughter and countless others, but this phrase now takes on a different meaning in my life.  I know that I will have to work hard to become a freelancer.  I will have to endure rejection and long hours.  I will have to wrack my brain and blister my fingers.  I will have to remember to breathe and forgive myself.  More importantly I will have to continue to learn the meaning of perseverance and stand tall in the face of adversity.

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