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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Speak Out!: Feeling Fulfilled through Fiction, Guest Post by Brooke Williams

Feeling Fulfilled through Fiction

by Brooke Williams

I spent 12 years of my professional career in radio. I have to admit, I enjoyed aspects of it. But it was never my true passion. When my daughter was born in 2009, I left the industry to become a full time mom. Though I love my daughter with all my heart, after a year of the daily ins and outs of being a stay at home mom, I was ready to place a claim on my own life. I wanted something of my own. That’s where writing came in. I always wanted to create an at home business, but I had no idea what to do. Writing became the obvious choice because it was something I truly loved, and could actually do.

I began searching websites and was amazed to find that there are tons of writing opportunities out. Honestly, had I known about these jobs before, I would have made the transition years before my daughter even came onto the scene. For the most part, I write web content. That is not always very exciting. For example, I recently got a job assignment for 27 articles on various aspects of kitchen counters. I have written about deer hunting (a topic I do not particularly enjoy), time shares (a topic I would love to enjoy in person), and plenty of other things. I found that as my fingers flew over the keyboard each day during my daughter’s naptime, I was finally fulfilled as a professional.

Writing strange articles on topics I did not often know much about was weirdly fun. The real fun began, however, when I discovered a website that was just about to launch. This website, called, was asking writers to create the first chapter of books. After the website launched, another writer would write chapter 2, a third person chapter 3 and so on until the book was complete at 24 chapters. I had always wanted to write in a creative manner so off I went. I wrote 67 first chapters. The ideas kept me up at night.

Once the website launched, I was sure I would leave my work behind and move on to the paying jobs. Articles about internet services were waiting to be written, after all. But I found the fiction world still calling out to me. I cannot add on to any of the 67 books that I started, but I can look for other writers to help. There isn’t any pay involved, but once the books are published, each writer can say they are a published author. Their name and words will be in print. In an actual book! Plus, it’s just plain fun to see where my ideas go.

I feel like I’m a better mom because I have a creative outlet. If you want a little extra creativity in your life, feel free to contact me about writing in one of the books I’ve started. I’d love to see where you take it!

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Brooke Williams is mom to a 2 1/2 year old and a freelance writer who has articles all over the internet. She wrote chapter 8 in the recently published "ShadowLake" novel, a publication of You can view some of her fiction work at or contact her for the change to write a chapter in one of her books at


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