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Living The Writer's Dream

Updated on April 8, 2012

It is every devoted writer's dream....

What is a writer's dream?

I for one have always dreamed about writing full-time. Ernest Hemingway, when asked "What do writers do?" replied with a writer's version of the biblical "Jesus wept." Hemingway simply replied: "Writers write." And he wasn't trying to be funny either. Writers enjoy writing, and they want to improve, do a better job of writing what they mean, create a clearer image from their writing, say what needs to be said and do it in a way that the reader gets the message, even sometimes deal with a serious subject in an entertaining way.

Come to think of it, there are endless challenges for any serious writer, just to do all those things and more. Poets may struggle over syllable counts, rhymes, meter, the right word for the right nuance, and tens of unspoken considerations concerned with painting pictures and feelings with words.

Novelists wrestle to create believable characters readers can see in their minds from the words on a page in front of them. Short story writers do their best to craft a whole book into something like a single chapter. Article writers stress over word counts, illustrations, photos, and (oh, yes!) editors.

Newpaper reporters stress over accuracy, names, facts, deadlines, and, of course, good writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and that editor who is waiting for "some copy."

Cartoonists are writers, too. With the advantage of drawings worth a thousand words, they still seize upon an idea, picture it, and add the captions which make the whole thing work to bring about the end product they had in mind.

Technical writers are a breed apart, for they need the technical knowledge to understand the concepts and details of what they must write about, while understanding how to convey that in words even a non-technical reader can understand and grasp. So far at least, I know of no book entitled "Technical Writing for Dummies." There probably never wil be one.

You are probably reading this on HubPages, if you are even reading this.

HubPages, as well as several other publishing services, is a dream come true. Write it and you can publish it on HubPages. If the writing is any good, someone will read it, and perhaps even comment. If it is not good, and repeatedly is not good, someone will let you know that, too. No more, rejection letters that start out "Thank you..." and end with words gentler, but synonymous to "...but no thanks." If you feel the written piece says something to you that you want to convey to someone else, you cast your bread upon the waters and hope it may come back "an hundred fold."

"Living the writer's dream" will likely mean something different to each individual writer, but it will always include realizing the dream of writing part or full-time on a flexible schedule (in the sense that the writer determines the parameters of the who, what, when, where, how, and why of their own writing efforts) and finds satisfaction in having written.

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Note: The Author is the former president of Fastbreak Syndicate, a nonprofit association of American and Canadian freelance writers, photographers, and cartoonists which was formerly active in working to evaluate, edit, place, and otherwise support, encourage, and promote the freelance profession. He now writes full-time, including articles for

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      Robert Erich 6 years ago from California

      I love this most recent comment of yours: You must have a dream before you can live the dream. And being able to make a living by writing, about anything from anywhere, is a great dream indeed. Thanks for writing - I enjoyed this article immensely!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What does it take to live your dream? First, of course, it takes having a dream, then it takes dedicating yourself to its fulfillment. Isn't that why you and i are here?

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      Vincent Moore 6 years ago

      A writer writes indeed we do. I write and draw from my vast well of life experiences, the good, bad and ugly ones. Like Papa, Bukowski, Poe and many other melancholy scribes, everyday happenings seem to capture our interest and attach to our minds, thus we lay it out in our words.

      I have rolled a few empty wine bottles under my desk and found myself lifting myself off my library floor after scribing into the wee hours of the morning. Once I've read what I've scribed in the morning then and only then may I push the publish button or simply delete my words.

      Writing has become my passion as I enter my senior years and my soul is gushing forth with all kinds of surprises here at the Hubs. I am inspired by many great writers here like yourself and am pleased that you read my work. Thank you for sharing this piece with us. Voted up and brilliant.

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      savanahl 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your hub and love the quote from Hemingway. I've never written professional but I do aspire to and HubPages is amazing. I've been here only a couple of weeks and I'm hooked. I've been struggling with my writing lately and there are so many talented writers here that it's inspired me to start writing again. Thanks for the great hub.

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      kada94566 6 years ago

      Hi Spy, Thank for the good info. I'm one who will need all the help I can get on how to be a good writer. I love Hemingway and am now reading "WRITING LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE MASTERS" Write like Hemingway by R.Andrew Wilson. It's a very good book.

      I can't wait for "living a writers dream". I'm sure not a writer, but I love it anyhow and Ihave so much to tell.

      I just closed my account kada94566 but in the process of becoming "KDee411" I hope you'll like for me, I sure will you. KD

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, writers write is a great quote. Voted up.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      An interesting hub. I write because I want to leave some of my memories behind for my childern to read after I am gone.

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      point2make 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub. I love Hemmingway's quote "writers write". It is a simple ,to the point, answer to a complicated question. It is also, to me, the best answer one could receive. You put it best when you said writers want to improve and for most of us that desire to hone our skills is a lifelong quest. Thank-you for this encouragement.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Which one of yours did you do that way for me to see?

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      RVDaniels 6 years ago from Athens, GA

      I did read it and really enjoyed it. If you break it up with subheadings it will read easier in a browser window. Good work and I liked the quote by "Papa".