The Problem with Being a Writer

I have not blogged as often lately because my day job, as a writer, has been extremely busy.

Many of us dream of getting a job doing what we love; playing music, taking photographs, or writing. When we do it becomes – a job. I put myself through school taking wedding photographs, but stopped taking pictures for enjoyment, because it was a job.

Fortunately, I love my current day job. However, love it or not, my day job comes first (well, third after faith and family, but you know what I mean).

So if there are periods when I don’t write, it’s because I’m too busy writing.

You know what I mean.

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3 responses to “The Problem with Being a Writer

  1. Oh, Steve, the paradoxes of life and living, being and doing. For myself in my retirement and with respect to writing, the old saying is true: Because I can no longer “do”…I “teach.”

    I met a young delinquent–in a juvenile prison–who was a very talented artist and writer. I asked her if this is what she was going to do professionally for the rest of her life to earn a living. She said “No, because I don’t want to be
    forced to do it.”

    Imagine that, Steve, getting and having a “profession” where we are “forced” to do something we love. This sort-of reminds me of the person who for many years endeavors to get into a prestigious “uptown athletic club” and when that day comes he says: “Any club that will have me– I don’t want to join!”

    Or the many persons who go from religion to religion, or church to church– in search for the one that suits their needs. The day they find the one they think is perfect for them…it becomes imperfect the moment they join it.

    Life, like our talent, is paradoxical: It is simple but not easy; work, but fun.
    To write–a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge; must see unexpected connections in things but not be mentally disordered; must work with passion but spend time doing nothing as information incubates; must create many ideas yet accept most of them are useless; must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different; must desire success yet embrace the deferral of failure; must be persistent but not stubborn; and must listen to mentors but know how to follow one’s own intuition and instincts.

    And, yes, everyone can and should write, yet like all other God-given gifts, few are endowed with the ability to do it well.

  2. Rick,
    Well said. No for my usual warped way of looking at things ——-
    What do professional golfers do on weekends? Maybe they audit accounting statements just to do something different.
    Steve

  3. Of course you’re right, Steve. Even Jesus took some time for Himself away from others to rest and get some peace of soul. Heck, I recall in the daily Love Letters of Robert Barrett and Elizabeth Browning over many years that even they needed a break. So instead of writing, they met personally.

    I was just saying people invest all of their lives getting what they want. Often we think this process is a BIGGIE. We learn it’s not. The biggie is “to love what we get AFTER we get it.”

    That’s my “universal relationship theory” for everything and everyone.

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