How My Divorce Helped My Writing Career By Shirley Byers

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I wouldn’t recommend it as a way to jumpstart a career but the truth is that after I was divorced my writing income began to grow, exponentially.

When my marriage ended I was writing about fifteen hours a week. I had produced two books and several dozen newspaper and magazine stories and I was earning less than a living income. Clearly I had to write more. I began clocking in at 9:00 a.m., working till 5:00 p.m., and often later.

But stepping up production wasn’t enough. At that time I was selling fairly regularly to several Christian kids magazines and Sunday School papers. I loved the work but many of the markets published infrequently, and couldn’t afford to pay much.

I needed another specialty and I didn’t have to look far to find it. I live in a rural community and for years I had dabbled in agricultural journalism. Now I was ready to get serious. I studied the ag publications, watched ag programs on TV, and listened to ag programs on the radio. I worked hard to familiarize myself with ag issues so that I knew how to spot the stories and ask the right questions.