Friday, June 16, 2006

Write. Or Get a Real Job.

I started working on my first freelance editing job of my new freelance writing and editing career today. I'll be editing a book. It inspired me to get off my butt and do some writing of my own.

So, after some work on editing job, I dug out an essay that I had started in 2005 but had never finished because I kept finding so many knots that needed unravelling. It seemed that, the more I unraveled, the more knots I found (and meanwhile, the nonfiction "essay" itself ballooned to near-novella length). I threw it aside in frustration last year, but I'm going to try it again this summer. It's one of those essays that really wants to be written. I just need to figure out how to do it.

The writing life is going sluggishly, but it did go today. And I didn't spend the whole day avoiding and procrastinating. This is a good sign.

While doing The Artist's Way this morning, I realized that, if I don't take my writing more seriously, I'll end up back in a soul-killing Real Job, either teaching or technical writing, before I know it.

My new mantra?

Write. Or get a Real Job.

Kinda catchy, huh?

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