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When I first started freelance writing, I heeded the advice, “Write what you know.” So, I wrote about being vegetarian, and raising children on vegetarian diets–yes, I’m vegetarian, and have been for . . . wow, 19 years. When my girls were babies and toddlers, I wrote about baby and toddler stuff. Blocked tear ducts, birthmarks, undescended testes (a friend of mine had a little fellow with that problem), whether or not you should use nonsense baby talk with your children. Those were the kinds of issues that were hot in the circles I was moving in, and I got the story ideas from my own parenting experiences and from the experiences of other mothers.

But, the more I wrote, the more networking I did, and the more confident I became about my writing, things began to change. I picked up a copy of a magazine called me first (it’s no longer around), in my gynecologist’s office, and when I got home, I sent a short e-mail to the editor. “I love your magazine. Are you looking for writers?” I got an assignment from her that very day, and continued to write for the magazine until it shut down. This was a sexual health magazine for young women, so I wrote about genital herpes, FSD, the history of menstrual pads . . . stuff I knew little or nothing about.

Since then I’ve gone on to write about scaffold safety, heavy equipment operation, the wholesale grocery business, teleradiology, genome chips, raising LGBT children . . .  stuff I knew absolutely nothing about. And the funny thing is that I’ve become passionate about each assignment or project, whatever the topic or subject.

Sure, sometimes I still write what I know. But there’s so much I’m curious about. There’s so much I want to know–about everything. What fuels my writing is a drive to know and understand, and then to put it into words so others can know and understand too.

What fuels you in your profession?

Deadlines

Mar. 17, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Blog

Okay, so I haven’t met my deadline of getting my website finished. I had other writing deadlines to meet–and of course they took precedence. Had to re-prioritize.

Launching a Website

Mar. 6, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Blog

As you can see, I’m still working on  getting a few things done on my site, fixing plugins and widgets, etc. I’m giving myself a deadline of Friday to get everything sorted out, but I can see that a website is never really finished, is it? About my blog . . . I’m aiming for once a week, so stay tuned.

Cynthia’s First Post

Feb. 20, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Blog

Hi!

Well, it’s about time. I’ve been writing for about a decade and a half, and I finally have a website. This has been about 3 weeks in the making, and I’m currently creating the “portfolio” section. It will be going live in about a week. In the meantime, just Google my name to see some of the stuff I’ve done.

Cheers!

Cynthia