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Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)
TITLE: Ouch, My Head...
By Michael Joshua
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I didn’t mean to hit it that hard.
Now I have drywall to repair.
Sipping my coffee, I mentioned, “I have about 30 articles I need to load on a client’s blog today, then two pieces to write.”
Without missing a beat, my wife said, “But we’re going to put that carpet in the three-season porch first thing this morning, right?”
I said, “Did you realize that I made over 1,300 dollars last month writing posts for this guy’s blog content?”
She said, “The trim on the flooring needs to be replaced.”
“The deal I have on the table right now could net out to over 6,000 dollars in just two months if I get the contract,” I happily reported.
“Have you seen the cable that connects my camera to the laptop?”
While the television blared, I called out, “I’ll be finished with this last homework assignment in a few minutes and then I can get back on this article for the newspaper that Jonathan asked me to write.”
“Were you going to get that entry tile laid today?”
I sighed after opening the envelope. “Darn, it’s depressing to get yet another rejection. I suppose I should take a fresh look at the manuscript.”
“Honey, I’m tired, do you want me to order pizza or pasta?”
It’s not really that difficult to define the writer’s challenge. The challenge is in getting others to take your writing as seriously as you do. And I don’t mean the agents, editors or publishers. I mean those in your inner circle that think your writing is just a pastime. Something that you squeeze in between work and college classes and home projects – something that you don’t really have to think about or mull over. You just sit down, crank out something and call it writing. To top it off, they’ve probably only read it if you put it in front of their nose.
Usually met with the same response, “Oh, it’s OK.”
Just what does that mean? Did you like it? Should I change anything? Did it touch you?
“No, honey, it’s fine.”
The challenge is getting those closest in your life to understand that what you write is a part of you. It’s not just putting words on paper. It’s just not.
But how do you explain it? How do you say, “Honey, I can’t read it out loud to you because it chokes me up” without sounding like a sappy moron? My heart is on the page. I don’t really know how my heart gets there, but it does.
“I think I’ll go to this writer’s conference in September. I have about 4,000 dollars in my writing account.”
“A conference? How are you going to pay for that?”
“Ouch! My head hurts.”
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