Opportunity Knocks. Sometimes, late at night.
Or early in the morning…
I accidentally got a job writing! Now what?
It happens more often that you’d think – twice in seven days to friends of mine – and now comes WRITER’S BLOCK. “I need something good, something stellar, something that will let these people know they made a good choice.”
Something that won’t embarrass me…
Dan! Oh my gosh!
I asked a PR friend if it was appropriate to tweet a pitch to an editor that followed me back.
I told her it was a ABCDE editor and my phone rang – it was her, informing me her best friend is CEO of ABCDE in (English speaking non-US country)!
She called him, he emailed the editor who does the bloggers, and I’m pitching him right now (smile emoticon)
I have NOTHING. (frown emoticon)
But, yay! Now just need a 500-800 word blog. Lol.
What to do? Relax, Dan has your back.
DA: How cool is that!
You can do 800 words. Or steal one of mine.
Friend In Panic (FIP): Yes! Totally cool. Except for the part where I’m sitting here at 11pm crazy tired and have NO ideas (tongue emoticon) about to sift through my WordPress drafts.
DA: That’s easy. (Based one my interview with Sharon Ward Keeble, I knew these publications love emotional, human interest stories. FIP has a special needs child – and I am intentionally using that term even though the child may not technically be a special needs kid, so as not to make the child the focus here).
A local grocery store hires people with disabilities because they get a tax credit and let’s face it, just about anyone can bag groceries. My 5 year old daughter and I were in line and she saw one of the baggers who looked very different from everyone else.
My daughter was slightly afraid. What would you say to her in that moment? If you teach her properly, she will grow up not fearing people who might be a good friend to her.
About 10 seconds go by…
FIP: OH. I LOVE.
DA: 800 words worth?
FIP: I can knock something out for sure. Give me 30 minutes.
DA: Off you go now…
I have no doubt FIP will nail the post and get the job. I expect great things, as I always do.
Sometimes we all need a nudge to get the creativity going.
But more than that, encouragement.
Somebody believing in you makes all the difference.
Your friends can give you that nudge, and if they can’t we’re open 24/7 (except for when we’re asleep or working out. Or eating. I’d have loved to have gotten this at Chuck E Cheese last night – aka Hell. I’d have written it for her.)
When in doubt, reach out.
But let’s connect the dots, too. Because I went to a writing conference, I met Sharon. Because Sharon loves what she does, her seminar was interesting and I kinda stalked her after the class, picking her brain. FIP also met me online, through near-random events, and knew that (A) I was a writer, (B) wrote blogs, and (C) would be awake at this hour (different country, remember?)
Those little links can help open a door for a friend, and might open a door for you, too.
But only if you open them.
When in doubt, reach out.
The online community sometimes gets a bad rap of making people introverts or something. Not true. It allows people to reach over oceans to connect and help each other. What could be closer?
It erases some of that “Aaaaaauugh” factor, too.
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