Why I Started Freelance Writing
Freelance writing was merely a delayed career choice. My UBC post#9 is about why I started freelance writing, which I already briefly mentioned in a previous post. I have enjoyed writing since my early teens, around junior high school (MANY years ago), but never did anything serious or significant with it until a little over four years ago.
I don’t know why it never occurred to me to pursue a career in writing or journalism before 2008. Strangely enough, I recall looking at the Writer’s Market book (an earlier edition) and a local weekly newspaper laying on our coffee table at some point, and having that fleeting thought about “why not pursue writing?” Yet I didn’t immediately take any action on it.
Then, in January 2008, I was home on doctor-ordered bed rest due to a dangerous flu strain I had contracted. I had been working as a traveling speech-developmental therapist (Speech-Language Pathology Assistant/SLPA), covering 350+ miles/week. That was also during a time when gas prices had spiked ironically to about as high as they are now (topping $3.90s and even $4/gallon), and the combination of that expense PLUS the illness … it made sense to my husband and me to bring me “home to work.”
I was also approaching the end of my M.Ed. program at that time and it was nice to have the time to put into my final few courses. Meanwhile, I began browsing “work at home” sites and various social and professional networks, and discovered there was substantial opportunity to work from home as a freelance writer.
And the rest, as they say, is history (or “her-story”?) I have worked in various capacities for numerous writing clients since February 2008 and have several hundred articles published online. My goal eventually is to have a sampling of those articles (titles, links, and excerpts) included on a separate page at this blog, similar to what I did at my new Special Resources for Special Education Teachers site.