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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)

TITLE: Constant Conversation
By Emily Akin
05/16/11


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I’m done. Giving up, dropping out, moving on. Really---I quit. On one hand, I have a pile of rejections staring me in the face. On the other hand, I am not paid much for writing that is accepted. This writing gig is too much work for too little reward.

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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Leola Ogle 05/19/11
Oh my, I'm sure many of us are wondering if we actually wrote this and not you! Well, I'm glad you're writing! God bless!
Linda Goergen05/19/11
Your story a realistic mental argument…Writer’s lament…haven’t we all felt like giving up at times, but in the end a real writer needs to write just like the need to breathe! Yes, part of what God made us to be for a reason!
Joe Moreland05/21/11
I recently came out of a three year period where I wrote virtually nothing. And that was not the first I've had such lapses in my life. I kept telling myself many of these same things. I even told myself that writing was irresponsible of me, given the family I have to support and health issues we have to fight. You spoke directly to me because, up until now, I thought I was the only one who felt this way. :)
Joe Moreland05/21/11
I recently came out of a three year period where I wrote virtually nothing. And that was not the first I've had such lapses in my life. I kept telling myself many of these same things. I even told myself that writing was irresponsible of me, given the family I have to support and health issues we have to fight. You spoke directly to me because, up until now, I thought I was the only one who felt this way. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/27/11
Oh, how Ican relate!

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