What's a Round Robin, you ask?
It's a story that's written with a lot of people, each one taking turns.
If it's a closed group (you know who is involved), then each person has a turn before it goes 'round to the first person. Then it goes 'round again.
Round Robins are fun, and they are a great writing exercise. You have an initial prompt, but then you have to read what everyone else has written and then craft your own response.
Starting next Friday, I'll post a weekly Round Robin. Feel free to write your own part in the comments, and be sure to read all of the responses before writing your own!
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I know it's nice to think about being able to take days off when you work from home, sipping a cup of coffee while you watch all of your neighbors trudge through the snow to get to work.
And, yes, there is some of that, to be sure. You can set your own hours and pick and choose when you work (and who you work with).
But sometimes it means that you choose to work when other people have days off because you are building a business, and building a business takes work.
And that's okay.
If you work hard in the beginning, you can set up income streams to keep you going for years to come.
Just remember three things:
For me, 40 was the time when it really hit me: I wasn't anywhere near where I thought I would be at 40. Not even close. Not even a compass and a Boy Scout troop could get me back on track to what my hopes and dreams had been.
Around Christmas of that year, I was also short of money for gifts. (Funny how a kid's Wish List gets more expensive every year. Whatever happened to being happy with the cardboard box the presents comes in?! But, I digress...) I had always loved writing as a kid, so why not try writing for some extra Christmas money? (At the time I was married, so I just needed "extra" money. Not like we had tons of money, but whatevs.)
I hung out my shingle as a writer on a couple of websites, and my first writing gig was for......
Hamsters. I was supposed to write 50 articles about hamsters.
Oh. Did I mention that I had 3 days to do this? No? Oh, yeah. That happened, too.
Long story short: via lots of coffee and little sleep, I got it done. And the pay was nice. (Not great, but nice.) And the best part was that I could make money as a writer.
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About L. Shay Bradham
L. Shay Bradham is a writer, published author, mom of 3, activist, Trekkie, coffee aficionado, and plays an impressive game of Klingon Monopoly.