Be Alert for Lurking Opportunities By Gloria Griepenstroh

Success in life is often about timing. Being in the right place at the right time or filling a precise need can shift your life where you least expect.

My experience working as a correspondent for a daily newspaper is an example of that. I reaped exposure, a folder of clips, and learned much about pleasing numerous editors.

I began my writing career as a staff writer for sister weeklies located in neighboring counties. I covered county and town government and wrote an occasional feature.

Then I wanted a change and took the jump into full time freelancing. Like many starting out full time, cash flow became a problem.

As if by fate, I noticed an ad for a correspondent to cover local government. My daily newspaper decided to begin using area correspondents to compete with another daily, covering issues in my county. I had an edge, since my main beat as a staff writer had been local government.

After a few sample articles, I was sending them two stories a week and a feature now and then. I also had time to continue other freelance projects. While the pay wasn