I Get a Real Job

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In 2012, AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS of writing,
the words stopped,
so I went and got a regular job
and, sure enough,
I no sooner started working
than the writing came back
. 🙂

It seems to happen to a lot of writers.

The dream
“If only I didn’t have anything else to do but write”
is a false god.

* * *

AUTHOR STEPHEN KING tells in his memoir
how, early on, he set up his home office
with an enormous desk
dead center,
but later
replaced that set-up
with a simple arrangement
tucked into a corner.

Put your desk in the corner,”
he advises,
and every time you sit down there to write,
remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room.”

I read his words
and went right into my office
and pushed the desk back even further. I did!

* * *

If you are walking around saying,
as so many of us have,
“IF ONLY I didn’t have to do this and that.
and could focus just on my writing…,”
you are going down the wrong path.

I sympathize. I do.
I hope you are able
to carve out a pocket of time
to write –
each day
or every other day
or a couple of times a week,
whatever works for you.
But don’t forget to live a life.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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8 Responses to I Get a Real Job

  1. bethhavey says:

    This really struck me, Marilyn. I quit writing and went back to school to become a nurse. The rejection was just too much for me. Now I know that writing can be just for me. Beth


  2. Brenda Remis says:

    Love this marilyn. I think this applies to my songwriting as well, and probably many other passions people have.


  3. Perfect. And can I just say, I love you. I love your voice, your words, your heart, the way you write what you live and offer it so beautifully to all those who long for a little more “real” in this life. You, my friend, are a treasure! ❤


  4. Belinda says:

    I echo Cindee’s thoughts! And on the topic you wrote about, I have, in recent months, taken the pressure off myself to write as a sort of duty. I had worried that i might lose “my audience” if I didn’t keep it up. I find that thought arrogant, in retrospect, as if everyone was just waiting for “me” to show up! Ha ha! Now I am relaxed and just let the words come when they may. I find great joy in writing now and I think that is what it is meant to be when God gives us such a gift. 🙂


  5. What an interesting exercise. I like what Belinda said about just being relaxed and letting things flow. Especially with creative ventures — if you push, it becomes a job and all the joy is removed.


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