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Woah, a Real Writing Gig!

I’ve written once or twice here about my struggle with where I want my writing to take me in the future. Do I want to be a hard-hitting journalist? (Definitely not.) Do I want to write short stories or maybe a novel? (Ehh, maybe.) Do I even want to write publicly at all? (Yeah, I’m pretty sure.)

Secretly, I still don’t know for sure where I’m going to end up eventually. But what I do know is that, after sending a few clips and links to my stuff around the Web, someone wants me to write for them!!!

Lydia is an up-and-coming online magazine for all kinds of women. They have posts for everyone–music and TV reviews, makeup and fashion advice, and even a section of thought-provoking essays.

But my favorite part? They want me to write DIY- and food-related posts. Fall-themed ones, to be exact, at least at the moment. With pictures and everything!

My head is swimming with ideas; I cannot wait to really get going with this. I’ve even got some ideas for submissions to their essays section.

Guess what, though?

I’ve already got a post live. I made some seriously amazing pumpkin gooey butter cake, and before we scarfed the whole thing down, I took some fancy pictures and sent it off. I even had to write up a little bio about myself–promise you won’t laugh when you read it?

Go check it out, you guys!!! (Sorry about the exclamation points. I’m seriously way too excited.)

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750 Words

Yesterday, I discovered a new Web site.  A writing site, designed for the sole purpose of getting people in the habit of simply putting words down on paper (well technically, the Internet). Every day.

750 words per day, to be exact.

The author of the site says 750 words averages out to be about three pages of typed text. So he encourages people to just write. No prompts, no themes. Just put down 750 words, come back tomorrow, and do the same thing. The site will even send you an e-mail reminder every morning to get your butt to the computer and write your words.

They also have a month-long challenge to see who can commit to writing three pages a day for an entire month. If you fail, you get put on the Wall of Shame, which is pretty awesome, if you ask me. But you don’t have to participate in the challenge, if you don’t want, because some people probably don’t like the idea of being shamed in public. Really, all you have to do is write as often as you can.

As I said, I only discovered the site yesterday, so I’m not 100% sure of all the features, but that’s the basic concept. They track your stats–how many words you average a day, how long it takes you to get to your 750, how many breaks you take while writing, and how distracted you are (how many times you stop typing but don’t leave the page–I think). It even analyzes your words and looks for common themes, summarizing your popular topics and what type of mood they think you were in while you were writing your words.

Technically, there is a disclaimer to not read too much into that portion of it, but I think it’s pretty cool.

But this site could not have come at a better time. I just wrote about how badly I want to keep writing about my issues with finding what I want to do in life. And what better way to do that than force myself to just sit down and churn out the sentences? It doesn’t really matter if they make sense or if my word choice is perfect. Good grammar isn’t going to win me any points there. (But they do keep score. Seriously. It’s fantastic.)

I’m not even clear on whether or not other people can see the things you write. I know there is a sharing feature, but I haven’t looked into it enough to really know how it works. I just know that I found the site, and within the hour I was signed up and had started writing for the day. And now I’m telling you about it.

So go check it out, if writing is your thing!

Also, I posted on this yesterday…but I made a Facebook page. Not quite sure how I’ll use it just yet, but I’d for sure love your support!

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On Finding My Purpose

I am immensely envious of the people who know exactly where they want their lives to go. I’ve worked with and known a large number of people who are exactly like that. It’s as if they woke up one morning and the sun was shining through the window, illuminating a little map–here’s what you’re supposed to do! This is what you’re good at, how you’re supposed to make a living! Now go get it done!!

I hate you people.

Although I really don’t. Don’t be mad at me, because I didn’t mean it, I swear. I know you’ve probably worked crazy hard to get where you are. Questioned yourself a million times before figuring it out. There probably wasn’t actually a map. (Probably.) I get it. But once you’ve found that thing you love to do, everyone can tell. It radiates off of you. And God does that make me jealous.

Currently, I am an editor at a healthcare marketing company. People send me the things they’ve written, and I do my best to fix it for them. As my mom says, I just like to tell people exactly how they went wrong and hope I can get someone to pay me for it. It’s kind of a socially acceptable form of being bossy. But who knows? Maybe I’ll eventually figure out that’s what I’m supposed to be doing, but it sure doesn’t feel like it right now. Right now I feel…stuck.

I’ve heard it said that your true calling lies where the things you are good at intersect with the things you are truly passionate about. Well, I have yet to find that common ground.

Things I’m good at include listening to people’s problems, reading books, baking way more cookies than I can possibly eat, and making craft projects–as long as they include very strict directions for me to follow. I’m not quite as good if I have to use my imagination. (These things do not include dancing, killing bugs, keeping my apartment clean, networking, or parallel parking.)

I am truly passionate about my friends and family, the St. Louis Cardinals, Harry Potter, coaching and playing volleyball, and writing. (I am not at all passionate about drinking beer, playing mini-golf, or going to the dentist.)

So where does that leave me? Well right now, it’s left me looking around thinking, “What’s next?”

Where am I meant to go from here? I don’t knowww. I don’t know what I’m doing and, quite frankly, it’s making me whiny.

Oh! That’s another thing we can add to the list of what I’m good at. I bet you I could get at least four people to write me a letter of recommendation about how good I am at being whiny. Although I’d probably have to whine at them before they’d actually do it…

But this not knowing thing–it really is making me crazy. I need to do some serious thinking about how I’d like it all to go. Figure out how to turn into one of those people who just gets it. Just knows where their life is headed and how they’re going to get there.

I’m sorry. I know I’ve kinda written about this before. Is it some sort of unspoken rule of blogging that you aren’t allowed to complain about something, not really do anything to try and make it better, and then complain about it again?

God, I hope not. Because I want to keep writing about it. I want to keep forcing myself to think about the words in hopes that something will strike a chord and fall into place. (Plus I already like this post a lot better than that one.)

I want a life that challenges me. Pushes me beyond what I ever thought I could do and makes me a better person. I want to have the chance to put a spin on this world that is characteristically mine. And figuring out what my thing is…that’s my first step to making that happen.

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