Article writing has been a way for me to improve my writing skills and ability while building a business that can be run from home or from wherever I have an internet connection. This may sound unbelievable, but writing articles has changed by life. Please allow me to explain.
I had always wanted to become a writer. Ever since I was a child I wrote down my ideas for short stories, books, and poetry. By the time I was twelve I had written many poems and stories and was asked regularly by my teachers to write something for the holidays, the end of the school year, or other special events.
Even though I had this early encouragement for my writing, something happened once I was out of school. Everywhere I turned someone was there to tell me that my writing was not good enough. I was rejected on a regular basis for several years until I finally believed that my writing was no good.
I should not have listened to or believed these people. I should have stayed positive and continued to write. But instead, I just stopped writing altogether. For the next twenty years I was a teacher, editing and teaching my students to write, and also working in the real estate industry, again helping others with their writing. But I did no writing of my own. That pain of rejection was still too strong inside of me.
Three years ago that all changed. I was changing my life in many ways at that time. This included leaving my job as a teacher and not being involved in real estate any longer. I sold my house and moved to a new city twenty miles north of where I had been living. And one day in 2005, I started writing again.
When I started writing it was short articles that got me started. I submitted the first one to an online article directory and it was accepted within just a few days! I continued to write on every topic I could think of. It was as if my whole world had shifted. I was expressing my thoughts and ideas through my writing, and it felt wonderful. One day someone asked me what I did, and I answered that I was a writer. I had figured out that if you just keep writing, you are a writer.
I now write regularly throughout each day and make my living with my writing. I write articles to promote my online business and to promote affiliate products and services. I also write eBooks, short reports, and blog posts. My greatest joy is still with teaching others how to write, but I never forget that it all started when I started writing articles.