On April 15, 2012, I set out on a mission. I was feeling discouraged by the lack of feedback in the world of writing. We live in a fast-paced culture where editors are often too busy to include us in their editing process, and in which readers often consume without providing any response, whether they are tight on time or just don’t think of it. So, I set out to provide feedback to other writers for 52 weeks. What did I learn?
After two and a half years as Editor of Highline Magazine, the mountain culture magazine here in the Canadian Rockies, life has called me onto new adventures! Many of you know that I welcomed a daughter to the world back in March 2013. With my new responsibility of mamahood, as well as some other exciting opportunities with my writing, I knew I needed to make a change.
A number of years ago I attended an outdoor writing conference in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by Women’s Adventure Magazine. This conference was my first real exposure to this magazine, and ever since I’ve had it on my radar to contribute to it at some point. Recently, I connected with their online editor, Susan, and am excited to announce that I will be blogging from time to time for Women’s Adventure Magazine. You can read my first post here!
About once a month a friend or colleague will ask me the very same question: “I have been wanting to take my writing to the next stage. How did you get started in freelance writing?”. Sometimes I’m tempted to say, “Just start.” How do you train for a marathon or big climb? You start running, you start climbing. But I know it isn’t that straight-forward. There are definitely some pointers I wish I had known when I started out – things I had to discover on my own in a fairly long, drawn-out process that continues to this day. So, I often let these curious writers treat me to coffee and I download my knowledge. After some time, though, these conversations became repetitive, and time-consuming for both parties, so I decided to write this article.