A blog post about writing? It's been so long, Ms. Champine!
We thought you had forgotten how to do that!
As my most amazing readers know, I have been working on writing fiction for several years now. It all started with my first book, An Unusual Path, where I have often said that what led me to write was having a story in me for so long that "my brain got itchy". I had to write it to scratch the itch, or otherwise my head was going to explode. It has been such a fulfilling journey since then, one with mountains and valleys, as well as cliffs that some I jumped off of and some I didn't. To the average person, all of that sounds ridiculous, and yet my fellow writers are all nodding their heads and saying "Amen!" because they know exactly what I'm talking about.
Some of those cliffs even have thorn bushes below them, and yet we still need to jump sometimes.
As I am still working on my fourth book, I was recently presenting with an interesting opportunity. First- don't worry. I am still working on that novel. The fiction writer in me will never leave. A wonderfully dear friend of mine, who owns a stellar corporate design and printing company that does some amazing marketing work in our area, wanted to know if I was interested in doing some copywriting and copyediting work for a couple of his company's clients.
I was curious, a little nervous, but mostly intrigued. While the title of "copywriter" was never something I had ever attached to myself, I looked back at many of the various projects I have helped with over the years and felt that it was something I could do. Whether or not it was something I could excel at was yet to be seen, but I was up for the challenge. My friend's confidence that I could do it spoke volumes, and he may never know how much it means to me or how much it affected my decision to say that I was in.
While it has only been a few weeks, I have to tell you all; I'm really enjoying it! Sure, I'm still in the phase of ramping up and getting my feet under me, but I feel like this has the potential to be something wonderful. Not only am I getting to collaborate with a friend I love spending time with, but I can do it part-time, from home, and still be there for my kids. How amazing is that! I am so blessed, and am so thankful for the chance to try something new all while doing what I love- writing. I am having to find a new normal, including learning how to still carve out time to works on my novels, but sometimes new normals are so much better than the old ones. Had I turned the opportunity down, I never would have met the new clients I have, and more importantly I never would have felt the pride I've felt when those clients have been happy with the work I've been able to do. I still have a lot of lessons to learn, but I can't wait for them to educate me.
If you are offered a chance to do something today, especially if others who know you well are confident you can thrive, I encourage you to seriously consider diving in with both feet. It could be amazing! And again, don't worry. I am still planning to carve out time for fiction writing later today.
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