Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mom Central Winner-Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is a stay at home mom who has created the writing job of her dreams. She recently won a grant from Mom Central to use towards her career goals. Please welcome Jessica as our guest today and read about how she combines the writing life with being a wife and mom.

 I’m Jessica Nunemaker and I work from home. I’m the owner of little Indiana, a blog about Indiana towns and what to do in them. I am also the recent winner of the $2,000 MomCentral Grant, awarded to only 5 of 650 applicants!

For the past year and a half, my husband has been a stay-at-home dad so I “go” to work while he plays kid wrangler to our two boys, ages 5 and 21 months. The MomCentral Grant win will go toward my (many) travel expenses.

This is a slight revision to my original plan—I had been hoping for a few web design tweaks, but with gas prices going up…tweaks are going on the back-burner. For now. Summer is my busy season and I don’t want to miss a thing!

A Typical Writing Day

Fly by the seat of the pants? Not so much. I’m more of a planner, an organizer, and a list-maker (my iPad is awesome for that). From the moment I wake up, I know exactly what I need and want to get done that day. It might sound boring but it works for me!

The work day arrives early in little Indiana. I don’t have roosters, but if I did, I’m pretty sure they would be crowing up a storm! I’m up at 5 AM. Why do I get up at the crack of dawn? My brain is definitely at its creative best first thing in the AM.

I write before I do anything else. That means anything! I don’t check email, I don’t hop on little Indiana’s Facebook Page or Twitter—I don’t even grab a cup of coffee. I hunker down and write until I can’t write any more. In other words, I write until it’s time for breakfast!

It feels great to get my major tasks done and out of the way before the kids (and hubs) wake up. I get so much done just from waking up early. It also leaves me time to spend a good chunk of the day with my family.

Writing Machine

I write four posts a week for little Indiana and I freelance write another three posts a week for a company where I also cover their social media and online marketing. Mass amounts of writing can be draining but it’s amazing how much easier it is to come up with topics now.

They say that writers get too attached to their own work. In my case, the opposite is true. I don’t mind rearranging, deleting, and rearranging some more. I don’t put anything out there unless I’m completely satisfied. Possessing the ability to stand back, objectively evaluate, and then edit your own work is invaluable. Any aspiring writer should work on that one!

I save writing on little Indiana for Saturday mornings. Yes, I even get up early on Saturdays. That’s when I try to get the bulk of little Indiana posts done for the week ahead. If I’m lacking a post or two, I’ll work on those in the evening after the kids are in bed. There’s always something to do—promoting little Indiana Businesses, messing around with photoshop, or getting photos uploaded on my Flickr photostream.

Hoosier Wisdom (or Something)

If you want to be a writer—well, what are you waiting for? Pitch a query. Start a blog—there’s all sorts of free platforms out there! Connect with other writers and find your way “in.” There’s no time better than now. It’s not just what you know: It’s who.

If a small town gal can shoot for and win a $2,000 grant to accomplish her goals, well, you shouldn’t ever let anything stop you!



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