The weather is cold and I’d much prefer walking in a warm balmy climate, but I find that walking for a couple of miles does much to clear my mind and help my writing flow (no matter how cold it is). The only problem with going for a walk is that my best ideas seem to hit midway during the walk, and I don’t usually remember them by the time I get home (with my advancing years I find the memory is truly doing its own thing).
Speaking Out of the Box/Office
Rather than rushing home from my walk, I decided to bring my tools with me. No, I’m not walking around the lake with a computer; I’ve decided to make my digital voice recorder and headset as part of my daily walk. This way, when ideas hit, all I have to do is speak them. As a matter of fact, I dictated this post during my morning walk. I was able to kill three birds with one stone; clear my brain, dictate my post and get a bit of exercise. As far as I’m concerned, online writing doesn’t get any better than that.
Come Along on my Walk
From here on out this post is a mish mosh of self-talk. As I was walking and avoiding ice patches I got to thinking about how great it is to earn money online with little to no upfront expense. Think about it for a minute. It is possible to earn lots of money without spending a dime (you’ve got to spend time, but no money).
With so many businesses requiring an initial up-front financial and time investment, online writing is a steal. As an online writer all you need is an idea and access to the Internet. If you don’t have a computer, but are fortunate enough to live in an area where the library system is equipped with public computers and internet access, you have everything you need to get started.
After you’ve earned a few bucks, you can then purchase a computer, fund your Internet connection and who knows, even by an online product or two. If it weren’t for the money I earned by writing on line, I would not have purchased my digital voice recorder or my voice recognition software (or the oven I purchased last year ). There does come a time when reinvesting in your writing career makes sense.
As I come to the end of my walk, I’ll also come to the end of this post. I managed to make it safely home without slipping on ice. I also managed to dictate two articles that will be posted somewhere in cyberspace.
This morning’s walk taught me that I have to mold and shape my writing career to suit my desires and lifestyle. In other words, I get to set the rules. Personally, I want to spend less time on the computer and more time outdoors. Fortunately, today’s technology makes it easier to work anywhere.
With the New Year right around the corner, take some time (and a walk) to figure out where you want to take your career.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.