Need advice...thinking of quitting

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  1. emievil profile image76
    emievilposted 8 years ago

    As some of you probably know, I've been writing on an academic site for almost one and a half years now. I am very much aware (and some people have pointed this out) that this is actually a dilemma or an ethical problem.

    Well I've been thinking about this and I've realized that I am gradually stepping back from academic writing and moving on to other online work. And I'm actually thinking about quitting academic writing! On the one hand, the pay is good. On the other, there's the ethical dilemma plus I'm starting to lose my drive on this aspect of writing.

    anybody can give me advice on this?

  2. Daniel Carter profile image73
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    In the end, if you don't do what you really love, you'll wish you did.

    At this point in my life, I'm finally paying more attention to that, and wished I would have started much earlier. I took on a lot of things for money and to support a family, not because I loved doing them.

    Whatever brings you passion, excitement and drive is where you should be headed. You are a great writer. Whatever you love to do with it is where you need to go. The rest will work out.

  3. profile image0
    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    follow your love

  4. Robert A. Harris profile image60
    Robert A. Harrisposted 8 years ago

    I agree with Daniel, you gotta go after what you love [your passion] don't waste time with things that don't drive you from within, it will only make you unhappy.

  5. wrenfrost56 profile image78
    wrenfrost56posted 8 years ago

    I think if you can live without the money from the academic work and it does not make you happy, than quit.

  6. Beth100 profile image74
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    Follow what makes you happy and satisfied.  Follow your heart, you won't go wrong.

  7. thranax profile image47
    thranaxposted 8 years ago

    Only do things you don't like for other people or to survive yourself.You need to pay for your family and yourself to live. If you have the option of doing something you like but can still get by, do it!


  8. Research Analyst profile image83
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    I would suggest that before you make such a major decision that you have a replacement or alternate plan of action so that you will not be hit as hard from the financial loss.

    Now that you realize that academic writing is not something you want to continue to do, then look for something that is comparable that you love to do and get established doing that first before you end the other skill so that you will have a smoother transition.

  9. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    I say do what is in your best interest and that is going to make you feel happy. smile

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    Kathryn LJposted 8 years ago

    Sometimes we have to dance with the devil to survive.  I'm guessing that your ethical dilemma is academic writing which will be used by others?  If so, I can see why you would want to quit.  Life would be easier if we could make a living doing what we love.  Only you know what you can do.  Whatever you decide, it will be right for you.  Keep plugging away and you'll make it!

  11. Shadesbreath profile image82
    Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago

    Eat first, have morals later.

    If you can do both at the same time, well, even better.

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      smile   how bad do you want to be be a "starving artist"?

      But if you can let it go, and you dont like it, let it go. sorry your having a dilemma Emie, Ill try to send you some cookies.

      Guess what? My barn is all cleaned out, now we need to repair it, and then get goats!

  12. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    only you can decide what you want to do.  it isn't up to anyone else.  What is it you really want to do about it?

  13. emievil profile image76
    emievilposted 8 years ago

    Well, wasn't able to come back and read all the posts. Took me this long to get back online.

    Thank you everyone. I guess I have some more thinking to do. It's just an extra income for me but a good one at that. Pretty hard choice but I know I have to make one in the near future.

    Hey DM, thanks for the cookies. Hope you can post some pictures of those goats, alive that is big_smile.

  14. Lisa HW profile image65
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I wouldn't presume to offer advice, and I pretty much agree with people who have said you have to do what's right for you (and what feeds your family, if that's an issue). 

    I've been approached about academic writing.  I know the "ethical dilemma".  For me, though, another aspect is the thing about putting in the kind of effort involved and not getting credit for it.  If I'm going write other people's papers I want whatever degree(s) those papers contribute to earning.   lol  I'm "selfish" that way.  smile

  15. torimari profile image68
    torimariposted 8 years ago

    I would not want to have my name connected with academic writing nor waste my talents without being given credit. Yes, I've been tempted by that world, but alas, it's not just the ethics, it's for my own well-being. Word gets around, sooo...I'd get out of it for your own good, and happiness. smile

    Move on, and write for you, or do some real Academic Writing and get it published...could help with getting into a Master's or some kind of certification program. You never know!


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