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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: Where To Draw The Line?
By The Masked Truelovers
06/12/10


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I see three reasons why a person begins to develop a desire for writing, or a need for inventing his or her own theories, explanations, teachings, admonishments, and stories.

1. They naturally excelled at English Composition from the beginning:

The person might be an English Class brainiac who always was good at understanding the proper application of the English language on paper in eloquent style for all avid readers to enjoy. They learned early on all the particulars of proper grammar and punctuation, wrote A-grade compositions, wrote for the school paper, was president of the journalism class. They got off to a good start and have kept going. Many are the noted authors of the day, news reporters, or some other respected professionals.

2. They want to share their views or experiences with the world:

He or she may excel at/or enjoy any number of specific subjects, topics, philosophies, or religious beliefs and develop an overwhelming desire to share that knowledge, views, or opinions with the world.

They may have never really thought about writing until certain situations or changes occurred in their lives, and this may come a few years after English Composition Classes so they donít remember a thing about the technicalities of proper English. (What the heck is a preposition?) So they start reading ďwritingĒ books or online information, pick up a grammar handbook, and read other books to see how other writers organize their thoughts and sentences. Probably a lot of us writers still donít know the difference between a pronoun and an adjective. We just pick things up as we go and nobody would know the difference. A lot of us just pattern a good part of our writing after other professionals without actually knowing the inside technicalities of the English languageÖand ya know, it really doesnít matter as long as others enjoy what we write.

3. They want to earn a living doing something they enjoy:

How many writers write just for the fun of it? The passion drives them. They donít care how much time it takes to pen their articles or books. They just have to write. I suppose thatís true of any writer to a degree, but donít most of us have at least a secret desire to make money from our labors. Writing is verrry time consuming. Do we want to spend hour after hour with no reward for our labor? Are we satisfied to write in a public venue where many people will read our penmanship, but never receive a dime for it? There are some that are better people than that, some who just love to write no matter what. Many (and this is a good thing) desire to simply use their gift to better mankind in some small way and do it for Godís glory. But I think even the most well-meaning writer has a desire to someday make a career of it. We want to enjoy what we do for a living. But even if we get published, most of us still have to work another job to keep the money flowing. The financially successful writer is far and few between.

Ö..

Itís quite a challenge for writers to wonder what their purpose is - whether to keep writing, whoís reading what they write and who cares. Sometimes weíll quit writing for a few months or years, and then get back in the groove again. We all have to decide if itís worth the time we put into it. For some maybe it is, for others, what else could we be doing with our time? Ömore time with spouse, children Ė a second job to keep the bills paid.

Nobody can tell you whether your hours and hours of writing efforts are worth the time. We all have a different story. Decide for yourselves, but be wise. Think about the balance if youíre going to keep on. Where to draw the line between writing and everything else thatís important is not always easy. But donít let others crush your dream if you have one. Success comes with determined hard work. And success isnít measured by financial gain (itís just nice to have fringe benefits).


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Jeanne E Webster 06/18/10
You have brought up some important aspects of writing, all worth noting. I can see that you have given this topic much thought.

Well written article with a great command of the writer's tools. And a nice ending...encouragement to the writer! Blessings
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/18/10
You made some brilliant points. I think if you wrote the last two paragraphs in first-person, it would have had more appeal for me. It felt a tad preachy and I was hoping to hear more about your experiences and the lesson you have learned. It's amazing how changing a little word like you to I can change the whole feeling of warmth. Keep writing, I hope it gives you what you are looking for, it does seem like you are listening to God and writing for His glory.