When people ask me what I do, I so badly want to reply with a simple "Oh, I'm a writer!" Coz in my heart that's what I am. That's what I am at the moment. That's where my drive and passion and time lies at the present time.
But I don't.
I reply with: "I'm a primary school teacher" and then I go on to explain that I'm currently on maternity leave and then without any prompting I quickly justify what I do with my time. I explain that I stay home with two small kids, and I design wall prints and run a home-business and then write in my spare time!!
I always feel like I need to justify myself and what I 'do' all day and with my life. It's like I'm trying to prove myself. Make myself sound worthy!!! Not good I know! Something I need to work out within my own battled mind I guess.
I wish I could confidently say that I'm a stay at home mum who writes. I'm a writer.
I'm working on that response....ok :)
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. As soon as I learnt how to put pencil to paper as a small child, and I realised letters formed words and then words meshed together to make beautiful sentences and then sentences entwined to make stories, I was hooked. I have discoloured scrapbooks from my childhood filled to the brim with scribblings and stories. Lists and ideas. Plans and facts. Meshing words together is a major love in my life. At age 5, I won a story writing competition aimed for over 7 year olds. I still have that story - perfectly handwritten on school lined paper. A story about a scared kangaroo.
I called myself a writer at age 5. Why can't I at age 30?
Lately, my writing has paid some of our bills. I'm getting paid to string my words together and share my thoughts. This is massive for me. I'm in a bubble of bliss right now. And more importantly, putting money aside.... my confidence has grown and my desire to write and share and weave words together has peaked.
A few recent online publications that you can find me at:
iVillage AU published my article on Breastfeeding on Oct 29th.
I'm now a contributor to the lovely, inspiring site: we heart life
My first publication with them was on Oct 29th; titled: Igniting your Creative Spark.
I'm excited to say that I'm now on the panel of GOOD STUFF Bloggers for Cenovis.
My first post with them went live today, Oct 30th, about finding a work/life balance.
And here is my new website to direct my writing career:
Come visit me at www.clairechadwick.com.au
I also have a magazine article in the pipeline for later this year and another for early next year.
I'm pitching ideas to magazines, I'm making contacts and connections, and I'm working away busily on my children's chapter book. It's busy times here at the Chadwick House. And I love it.
I'm Claire Chadwick. A Mum and a Writer.
There I said it :) Happy Happy :)
Thanks for your support everyone. You egging me on, helps...it truly does.