Three things I’ve learned in the process of writing my latest essay for Babble:
1. I am horrible at titles. I should be good at this. I mean with my background in English and all. But, nope. While my titles in academia were usually abstract and wordy, now my titles are usually are just a mixture of boring, non-descriptive, or too long. And this is why with the exception of one sold piece, most editors write my titles for me. Isn’t that sad? (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I didn’t come up with the title that appears with my essay.)
2. Sometimes when you write something, it will take a while for it to be published. I wrote the Babble essay when my daughter was two. She’s now three, almost four. So what did I learn from this? Good things come to those who wait? Yes, but really, when it comes to freelancing, expect for things to take a long time. So that when they do take a long time, you won’t be that surprised or disappointed. On the flip side, if things do not take a long time, celebrate!
3. Writing about people other than yourself is always tricky. I think when it comes to essay writing there is a usually a need to be vulnerable and transparent about our pasts. This is easy for me to do when talking about myself, but I’m always cautious about what to say or not say when my past includes other people. So the section about my parents? Yeah, that was tough. But in the end, I think I did them justice. I think.
That’s all for now. If you haven’t read it, you should, and not because you have to (you don’t). You should because it would be make me and you (more) happy. 🙂 I’m kidding, kind of. 😉