Do you ever regret becoming a writer?
This might sound like a silly question because I think all of us value our writing, but there is no question that writing is an often unforgiving profession. Whether you publish traditionally, or by yourself, it's always an uphill battle to make a living with your passion. I've been told repeatedly that writers 'shouldn't quit their day job', which is sad because I hate my day job. So, try not to think of this question through the lens of your work, but rather, where writing has or hasn't taken you in life.
I write as a release, not as a profession, so - NO I do not regret it. Only recently have I put things on the internet for others to read. Before it was for my personal sanity to put things on paper.
Do I regret it, no. I feel that I have found a channel that I may finally say, "Yes, I have created this and people like it." Working for a paycheck is fine but to create something that is lasting and can continue to touch or help people is magical.
I don't feel like I have the time currently to devote as much as I should to writing.
I will say that I am relearning English. Writing has given me a new appreciation for English and I try and expand my vocabulary within my articles.The language we speak is not always the language we use to write. This is definitely keeping the gray matter working.
Never. If anything, I regret not making the leap sooner.
That said, I have not yet reached the point where I can sustain myself completely with my words, but I consider it a worthy aspiration. The journey that going back to being a wordsmith has taken me is one of self discovery and self expression. It is, at the same time, an internal and external process that has allowed me to share the discovery of my inner me with the world at large.
It has led me to continue my quest for knowledge, and has led me to the realization that education doesn't have to be institutionalized to be valuable. This writer's journey, though just beginning in this incarnation is one of the most thrilling endeavors I have undertaken in a long time.
And if I never get rich off of the money I make doing this, the fact that writing helps me maintain my sanity makes the entire journey worthwhile.
I write for more of a hobby than for the money, though I've won a few contests, I'm also studying law enforcement to become a cop, but the only hobby I've regretted is video gaming and I've made it so I don't regret it anymore.
I love it when I wake from slumber with this great idea for a book and write it down quick, least I forget about it! xD Being a writer allows me time to adjust my real feelings about everything. I am able to open up and pen mean notes about something some friend said or my mother said and then, I have the ability to shred it. What else can you ask for? You can't be instantly a super duper writer, it takes time to develop who your voice is, when you write.
As an undergraduate student I hired myself out to write articles for $5 each one, then I started getting work of mouth and became the highest paid American writer, writing the Queen's English. (Go figure)!! I am a contract hire now, as well as a paid adjunct at two online Universities. I love writing and have experienced all sides of the writing world. From Copy Editor, proof reader to spin writer.
I even have children's books, currently unpublished but in the works of finding a good place to publish with, may even opt for Kindle Self Publishing.
While I started as a writer and am still employed in a day job, its best for you to search out positions based on your knowledge. You want to go far writing, you have to be better than the next writer. Write short works, subscribe to Writing for Dollars (Dan Case) and learn the ins and outs of being really good.
Dedication, most don't have it, few do and those who get published all the time have diligently worked their tails off to be so.
Write every day, regardless of what you are doing, carry a small journal with you where ever you go, write it down, play with it and one day you may have the piece that lets you end your "day job" to peruse your happiness in writing.
Never, let anyone tell you, you can't do it. I never look back, always forward and I am still a work in progress and I have not given up my past time, but I am still again, just getting the voice of my inner writer together. ;-)
Good luck. :-)
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