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Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)
TITLE: Constant Conversation
By Emily Akin
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If I do not call myself a writer, I will not have this horde of books and magazines in bookcases, magazine racks, and boxes in every corner of my home. I will not need to spend money on style manuals, memberships, subscriptions, or writers’ conferences. I will not have to spend time monitoring online writers’ groups or reading blogs about writers and writing. I will not feel obligated to attend writers’ group meetings or share my experiences with other writers. I can use my “office” space for another activity, something less frustrating and requiring less “stuff.” I will not carry around this load of guilt about not writing when I’m too tired or too busy to concentrate.
Whatever made me think I wanted to be writer anyway? Others told me I was good at it. People asked me to write things for them, telling me I had a gift. Through a series of “coincidences,” I attended a writers’ conference and caught the writing bug. I learned the ropes and began submitting my work. A surprising percentage of my first submissions were accepted. I found that I enjoy interviewing people and giving them a chance to tell their stories. People tell me that they are blessed by my work. Other writers say that I have been a source of encouragement for them.
What was that comment I made about “too little reward?” If I stop calling myself a writer, I will lose contact with some very good people, and I will miss the opportunity to meet new writing friends. Who will help my interview subjects tell their stories and have their moment of “fame?” And---what about all the time and effort I have expended learning the writing ropes? I cannot just write it off as time wasted. And, most important---if I give up writing, I will no longer have the privilege of being a blessing and a source of encouragement to others.
On second thought, I became a writer by design and not by coincidence. I was called and equipped to write, not to measure the cost. No---I’m not done yet.
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