Writing is so, so not for the pay. Which is not say there isn't a pay off, and a lot of rich rewards but man … I was thinking today about how hard I work on my column and how much I put into it for $25. Obviously, I'm not in it for the money but I am constantly working toward my goal of making a living as a writer. I have faith it'll happen, not because the paper will get a windfall and start paying more but because I believe successful writing careers don't happen overnight but rather are a culmination of lots of things done steadily over the years.
I heard a writer speak along those lines last weekend. Laura Whitcomb lead her workshop by sharing that she was an overnight success, two decades in the making. So you really, really have to love it to be able to keep at it. Luckily, I do.
I don't think I've mentioned yet, because I have no idea how to do it without being all braggy, but I won a couple awards this year for my "Baby on Board" column. I'm proud of it because it is something concrete I can point to to say I've been working, and that my work is good, even when it doesn't always feel that way. Also, I'm just the kinda girl who digs getting awards. In fact, I still have my "Sweetest Smile" award posted in my office from grade school.
– National Newspaper Association – 2nd Place, Best Humorous Column, Non-daily Division, circulation 8,000- 11,999. The judges notes said: "Cute, all too true – signs of motherhood. Well written."
– Oregon Newspaper Publisher Association - 3rd Place, Best Local Column
And to keep me humble, I just found out the status on my literary magazine entry was changed from "received" to "declined."
I'm off to watch "Glee."