As you know from several previous posts, I am trying to be a more serious writer and, although I have been very busy lately and the stream of blog posts has dried to a trickle, I am still writing. Specifically, I am hard at work on another book. So with the little time I have on my hands these days, I find I am torn between blog writing, poetry and writing my novel. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do them all so most of my attention goes to my book. And if I start working, which (hold thumbs and cross fingers and toes) I will be doing soon, I will have even less time to devote to my writing.
So I thought I would try my hand at some serious writing before going ahead with the ‘job that pays the bills’ and see if it pans out. I decided to turn my talents to article writing for money. I figured the best place to start would be where they don’t require a degree to make a post( In journalism – I do have a degree!). I went for yahoo articles. And I can say that unless I get a really ‘easy’ topic, I probably won’t be doing it again.
It seems that yahoo attracts some real nasties (well, I think I already knew that as I have read, on occasion, some yahoo articles and seen the comments that follow). My family and friends all said to me that I must not read the comments (which I did anyway) and the negative comments are actually about the content although one person thought fit to attack me personally for it. What these people don’t realise is that the writers do not necessarily choose their topics. They are offered topic choices (assignments) and they choose to complete them (or not) depending on their personal experience. And actually I got off lightly compared to some of the other writers. One poor woman got some really horrible feedback that personally attacked her and she probably feels the same way I do (or not who knows).
Of the four I was offered (yes such a large choice isn’t it) there was only one to which I could relate. And so I wrote about it. I read and re-read it, edited, checked and double checked and read it to others (who all thought it was good) before, with pounding heart, I published it. The result was some good comments and some negative comments and a total of 2,644 page views in two days – which is actually quite a lot.
With that many hits, you are probably wondering why I said I wouldn’t do it again. Well, the reason is not actually because of the nasties even though, as some of you already know, I don’t cope very well with nasty people, it’s actually the nerve-wracking, tight knot feeling in the pit of my stomach. And that is from wondering what everyone else thinks. Silly, right, wondering what 2000 plus people thought about my 700 word article when I write posts on here and don’t ever really worry what people think. I have decided that the reason for my strange awkwardness is because it is such a different platform. On here, people know me, what I write about and how I write and they accept it whereas on yahoo, I am just another one of ‘those’ writers. And I think I am probably not ready for that.
Thinking about this makes me wonder if I am actually ready to put myself out there through another book or, indeed if I will ever be ready. I think I will be when the time comes but for now I will stick to my blogging as I am comfortable doing it. Any other writers out there who feel the same? Have you tried writing something that places you out of your comfort zone? How did you cope with it, how did you feel? I appreciate any thoughts 🙂
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