Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Felicia A. Williams and I’m a wife, mom and sometimes writer. I own a blog called No Job for Mom and a few other sites around the Internet.
I used to be an avid writer/blogger but somewhere along the line my writing Mojo was high jacked. It wasn’t taken away totally, just got off course. During that time I interested myself in other passions waiting for it to come back.
One problem with bouncing from passion to passion is that young, under developed passions don’t always pay the bills. Writing was a lucrative passion for me. Well, maybe not lucrative, but it did make a very nice contribution towards meeting the monthly nut. When the writing Mojo took a left turn, so did other things.
In the Beginning
At first it wasn’t so bad. I figured my Mojo would come back in a few weeks. My residual earnings were enough to carry me through the creative drought. As time went on I got further and further away from the habits and practices I engaged in as a writer. My creative view of the world began to dim and I started to see the world like everyone else did.
You writers know where I’m coming from. It’s not that we’re super special people, it’s just that we look at things a little differently and aren’t afraid to write from that viewpoint. It’s what makes us us. It’s also what makes us so different from each other. Your view of that morning cup of coffee is different from mine. We’ll both write about that wondrous morning cup o’ Joe, but our stories will be vastly different.
Pant Kickin’ Time
What I love about life is you can only go so far down the self pity or woe is me road before a large size 13 shoe ends up properly placed squarely in the seat of your pants. My size 13 shoe was a part-time job at a retail store for the holidays. Feeling that I had to do SOMETHING to earn a little cash (little being the operative word here) and find a larger calling, I fell back on habits of old…get a part-time job.
Six years ago I started earning money as an online writer because I realized I could earn more money writing online than I could working at a dead-end part-time job. Not only that, by writing online I was able to shed the creativity shackles. No more approval to do things that made common sense. No more asking for permission to think out of the box. We writers mentally live out of the box and only become frustrated when we allow ourselves (or put ourselves) back in the box.
Well, history has repeated itself. One month into this current part-time job arrangement my writing Mojo came barreling back. Okay, not really barreling, but I started looking at things differently again. I began to celebrate life’s little nuances. I started jotting down one or two ideas. Eventually the ideas started snowballing to the point where I had to create a document to keep track of them all.
Now I’ve got more self-created writing projects than I know what to do with. As such, I’m venturing back into the writing arena. This go ‘round things will be different from the last time. Why? Because things change and people change. There’s nothing worse than trying to capture something that has long since gone (just look at Steven Segal and other actors/actresses afraid of embracing their age).
How different will things be? Who knows? All I know is the world did not stand still while I was out passion hopping and working a part-time job. As such, I’d be silly to think I can pick up right where I left off. Plus, if I picked up right where I left off, there’s a good chance that my Mojo might exit stage left again. I don’t want that to happen so I have to go with the flow.
When my Mojo left, so did my incessant income tracking. So, in order for me to share my past and present income reports with you I’ve got to do some back tracking and number crunching (number crunching inspires me). As I put those figures together, I’ll s hare them with you. In the meanwhile I’m making a cautious entry back into the writing world.
Things have been quiet here (I think I disabled comments here because the spammers were having a field day), but I hope your writing endeavors have been fruitful. I’d love to hear some of your success stories (and even the not so successful stories).
I promise to update this blog more than once every 5 months (I couldn’t remember my login info).