To Write or Not to Write – That is the Question.
When doing some freelance writing, especially if you are ghostwriting for someone, you will be presented with many topics or assignments. Sometimes, those topics will be in clash with your values. You are presented with the dilemma of writing the article or not. What do you do? After all, if you are ghostwriting, your name does not go in it. However, your are still the writer of that piece, and you know it. Where will that piece of writing end up? So the dilemma deepens.
On one side you have an assignment that will pay the bills, on the other side, it will kill you on the inside to write it. So what do you do? There is no straight answer to this question. You do what you do, and you deal with your feelings. This is a personal matter and my motto is to live life, and everything I do, well enough so I can go to sleep peacefully at night – at peace with the world and with myself.
To write or not to write – That is the question. And the answer is yours.
Every writer is a writer.
At first glance this may seem as a sentence without much meaning or even much sense. However, what prompted me to write it was that it occurred to me that sometimes we are quick to criticize other’s work without going deeper. Some might stop reading at the first grammatical error they encounter, others at the first cliché. I have read about a best-selling author giving an opinion on another writer (now a best-selling author) and saying that the author did not know how to write. The author became a sensation overnight. I guess my point is that we should not judge or ill criticize the writing of others just because it does not follow our style and common rules. There are no Gods in the world of writing just writers.
One thing is to present a piece to the world that is poorly written and obviously, without much care – that shows in writing. Another, is to write different from the masses. We should work on improving our writing everyday.
What happens when writing does not meet your expectations?
There are many ways we can approach the answer to that question. It is a matter of individual experience, and whatever your expectations are as a writer. At one point or another we will ask that question to ourselves, to the writer inside, and we may or may not like the answer. Or maybe, we might not have an answer at all – at least yet.
Sometimes, you will work hard, and harder, but the results and rewards just don’t show up in a pretty package. What then? Do you beat yourself up? Do you get discouraged and stop writing? Do you take a break to clear your mind and find a new path? Do you just ignore your feelings and keep writing anyway? Maybe, you will think of another approach to your writing.
Whatever your answer, it is one that you must deal with to be able to find your way as a writer – I am still figuring that one. If writing is your passion, keep at it. If you have to try different approaches, then try them. If you need to take a break and clear your mind, then do so. Do what you have to do, and what you need to do to find your writing path. For some it will take longer than others. Look at the different life stories of best-selling authors. For some it happened fast, while others took years figuring out that they belonged writing.
I guess my point is, a true writer finds a path.
Live and Write
If you are busy freelance writing, you may find that it takes most of your day, and sometimes, a few hours at night. It may also take some of your weekends. Assignments come and go, and the competition is fierce – you are lucky if you can grab it. However, how much is too much? You know you have to eat, right? But at what cost? Be thankful for the assignments you get, but also live your life. Make time for your spirit, yourself, your family, your pets, and your friends. If you don’t, you will find yourself in a less than perfect mood for writing.
Create a balance, and write. Live and write.