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Writing is Like Breathing to Me

Updated on April 25, 2017
Taking a break from cruising to write in my cabin on the Sapphire Princess cruise to Hawaii. Check out the shirt and the shell necklace. Definitely in cruise mode, but still writing!
Taking a break from cruising to write in my cabin on the Sapphire Princess cruise to Hawaii. Check out the shirt and the shell necklace. Definitely in cruise mode, but still writing! | Source


It has taken me 52 years to figure out not only do I want to be a writer, but I am one. Well, since I am 52 years old, I can’t say it has really taken me 52 years to realize this. After all, I could not realize I loved to write at the age of 3 or 5…but once I won my first poetry contest at age 10, I knew it in my heart. I wonder why it has taken me 42 years then to figure out that I need to write just as I need to breathe. I have always loved to write. It started with poems. Then when I hit high school, writing in my journal become very important. I had a journal all through my teen years, into college, and even in my first years as a new mom. When life got busier, and I didn’t have as much time to write in my journal, I channeled my passion for writing into a website for at home moms on how to save money, then a newsletter for the same, and a newsletter for customers for a grocery store I worked for as a consumer advocate. I stopped writing when I got a full time job out of necessity in a high school. I missed it, but couldn’t find time or a place in my world to add writing. And then I found HubPages, blogging, and Textbroker all at about the same time.

The Blog

I started a blog about the experience of second marriage and how I am so happy in this marriage I wanted to share it with the rest of the world. I am fortunate that my second husband supports me in this because this blog has become a window into our life together. Not many men would be comfortable with this, so I do know how very fortunate I am. This blog has stemmed from a theme that I used when we were first dating and all the way through our relationship. I often told him that our relationship has made me so happy that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. And now, with the blog, I am able to do so. I share adventures that we have together, some big and some small with the rest of the world. I don’t have that many followers as of yet, but I do have regular readers who read my blog entries and make comments to me about them in person or through emails. Some share my experience in their own happy second marriages and some are just happy for me and comment to me about that. It feels wonderful to be able to share my happiness with others in this way.

HubPages

I also have discovered HubPages as a way to express myself. What I enjoy most about HubPages is the freedom to write about whatever I want. I have a lot to say to the world, and I can say anything I want within reason, and get it published and promoted to the rest of the world through the Internet on HubPages. That feels so wonderful. And of course, the fact that HubPages provides the opportunity to allow writers to make money not only from HubPage ads but also Google Adsense is an extra bonus. It makes me feel as though this passion that I have for writing can also help provide financial support, and that is a very enlightening prospect.

Textbroker


After I had been on HubPages for awhile, I read articles by other HubPage writers who had been making money on Textbroker. I was at first too nervous to even apply to Textbroker because the site requires a writing sample before a writer can work for them. Finally, when my previous job was coming to an end, I bit the bullet, applied to Text Broker and included my writing sample. Within twenty four hours, I had a positive response and was able to begin accepting writing assignments for which I get paid by the word. The first check I received from Text Broker was only for $55 but was quite a day for celebration because it was the very first time I was paid for my writing. With the blog and HubPages, I get paid due to advertisements next to what I write. Textbroker was actually paying me for the content I wrote. This to me was validation that could write well enough to be paid for it. And also the first time I felt like a professional writer. It was a very exciting moment for me. I must add here though that writing for Textbroker is quite different than the writing I do for myself. It is an assignment given by someone else who hires the writer to write on a certain topic. Although I enjoy the freedom to choose what I want to write about more than assignment writing, assignment writing is guaranteed money for each word I write. And I am certainly learning a lot through assignment writing. For instance, I did not know very much about the background of the author E.L. James, known to most of you who wrote the now famous book, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Nor did I know much of anything about water heaters, "The Eagles" rock band, air pollution in Los Angeles, or what is on the menu at a particular restaurant in Mallorca. I am much more knowledgeable now on all of those subjects. Textbroker has helped me not only to earn money but broaden my knowledge on many subjects so it is equally beneficial to me as a writer.

I Need to Write

Now that I have been in the habit of writing for nine months, I have found that I need to write to be able to express myself, like the human body needs air to breathe. If I don’t have time in my day to write, it weighs heavily on me. I feel stifled, as though someone is holding me under water and I can’t breathe without being able to write and express my thought and feelings. My mind can’t truly rest or relax without the ability to left my thoughts out. I am currently on vacation with my husband on a 28 day cruise. He suggested I leave my computer behind because it is quite expensive to get online to write every day. But I would not hear of leaving my computer behind. I told him that I didn't need to get online, but I needed to write. Not having access to writing every day would feel like ripping my right arm off and storing it at home while the rest of my body tried to go on a relaxing, enjoyable vacation. I could not do it. I am currently sitting in my stateroom on the cruise ship the Sapphire Princess, typing away as I look beyond the balcony windows to see the waves of the sea rolling by, and feel the gentle rolling of the waves rock the ship. I’m not online as I write these thoughts, but will probably go on weekly throughout the trip to publish what I have written. Instead, I use it offline to write…to process my experience and write about the beauty that we have seen on this trip. Bringing my computer along to write has added much enjoyment to my experience. I could never have left behind the tool which has helped give voice to my heart, soul, and mind over the last nine months, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Yes, I need to write now, as I need to breathe. And the understanding of this has changed my life forever.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      shiningirisheyes,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I am glad we are kindred spirits in the therapeutic writing category. It is an amazing gift to be able to write things down and fell such a release.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      carol7777,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I know what you mean about becoming a better writer after being with Hub Pages for awhile. My friends and family tell me I am a better writer since I have been on here as well. I have seen some typos in my own work early on and it's quite embarrassing for me to realize I wrote them and thought they were my best work! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I really appreciate it.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wtaylorjr2001,

      Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. I am on textbroker to earn money, not to write for the joy of it. I am on hub Pages for that and love the freedom it gives me. I do enjoy Textbroker as a way to earn money through writing. It somehow legitimizes that other people like my work enough to pay for it. I know what you mean about editing. I don't like it either. Thanks for the vote.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      bmwaylonis,

      Thanks so much for your comment. Survivor for Kids sounds interesting, and it shows that you found your passion for writing young. Thanks so much for stopping by to read and for leaving a comment.

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      Brynn 4 years ago from Central City, PA

      Great hub! I'm a writer too at heart. I've enjoyed writing since I was little. In my 5th grade class I wrote a series called "Survivor for Kids" when we had to write prompts with our spelling words! This work is an inspiration to people such as myself who enjoy writing, but do not necessarily have a career in it. I don't think I could imagine what my life would be like if I wasn't able to write!

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      William H Taylor 4 years ago from Binghamton NY

      This is a very beautiful piece and I envy your passion. I like to write but I hate editing my work. I am on textbroker but I only have a level of 3. Hopefully by reading articles like yours as well as writing my own, my ability to produce good prose will improve. Thank you for inspiring me to learn more and do better, and even go back to textbroker, and for that, and your beautiful hub, I vote you up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Writing is an experience for sure. I have just begun to go over a revise early hubs (actually for about the third time) and I am enjoying improving them, making changes and even finding typos and grammar mistakes. I feel I am a better writer after being here for five months. Thanks for sharing your experiences. here.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      What a wonderful journey you have shared and I can so appreciate your strong desire to write while enjoying your cruise on the Sapphire Princess. I can so relate to finding therapeutic release when writing.

      I congratulate you for nurturing your desire to write while also finding a way to make some extra money.

      Thanks for the share.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Billybuc!

      Nice to be back on here and to hear from wonderful writers such as yourself. I will add a link for the blog. Thanks for popping by. I have missed your insight over the pat month!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Arun Kanti,

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It sounds as though we are kindred spirits when it comes to writing.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Excellent hub which appears to be in tune with my thoughts. From childhood I have always cherished the idea of writing but perhaps lack of encouragement and the fear of writing that too in a foreign language were the stumbling blocks. But I have now got a real impetus by joining the Hub pages and reading this hub.I shall look forward to reading your hubs over and over again. Meanwhile, would you please take some time off to read my stories and I shall appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand completely, Karen. I love hearing people say that they are a writer and they need to write. That means there is passion there, and there must be passion for a writer. Bravo on this!

      If I knew where to find your blog I would follow; I may not be able to comment every time, but I would like to see your blog. :)

      Enjoy your cruise and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!