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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Why be a Writer

If you want to be famous then run for office and be a politician

If you want to be rich then become a plastic surgeon.

If you want to have people know your name then be a teacher.

If you want to make a difference in someone's life then have children.

But if you want to work alone, feel like a freak, be misunderstood, wonder what the point is, always come up short of time and money, while writing stories that bubble up from within about characters you have never met but are strangely in love with, then be a writer.

31 comments:

  1. And do it because it fills your soul...

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  2. Me, me! I want to be a misunderstood freak! Oh... :-)

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  3. Yeah, that about sums it up. Not having kids just to make a difference though.

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  4. So true, Karen. I love this. If you don't mind I'm going to print it off and frame it. Your really put a writer's journey in perspective here. Bravo.

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  5. Yup. I'm going to print out and tape that last paragraph to my computer! (LOL) How totally true THAT is. You are so good at expressing the absolutely truth of the matter!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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  6. I know that's why I want to be a writer. Or maybe that's just why I am a writer. =)

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  7. I've been a teacher and have had kids. Now, I am working on the writing part! ;-)
    ~Naila Moon

    http://yaknowstuff.blogspot.com/2012/04/w.html

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  8. That was beautiful and now you've made me want to become a writer too at 72, well almost 72, so what to do? See at least I can rhyme a bit. Sorry, I'm just kidding here, but I wanted to let you know how much I have loved this challenge. It has truly been a challenge for me in more ways than one. I am really grateful to you and the others who helped get this started for all of us to participate in.

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  9. Wow! This is so great and so true!

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  10. So, so true. Well said, Karen.

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  11. As Naila said, I've been a teacher so more people know my name than I care to number! And I've raised my children, and they are pretty great! The plastic surgeon and politician just don't cut it for me. And now, I am writing. It's peaceful here in my little world!

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  12. That sounds about right. Isn't it fun?

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  13. Very true! Being a writer is tough, but I love writing more than living. How odd!

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  14. Looks like you basically nailed it lol!!!

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  15. You display an awesome understanding of life. And writing.

    Thanks.

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  16. I especially love the part about how you said that writers are in love with their characters. I think that's true. That's why we spend so much time with them; it would be a lot more difficult to devote pages and pages to them if we didn't love them.

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  17. Because it is my purpose!! ;) Loved your post Karen! stopping by from the A to Z Challenge http://takingbackmylifemakingitmyown.blogspot.com/

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  18. My favorite post of this week^, Karen. Not just of yours, but in all blogosphere.

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  19. Hi Karen .. great .... I know lots of freaks .. and no wonder I dream about my posts and constantly update things in my head ...

    Writers are wonderful - so pleased I moved to be amongst them through blogging ..

    Happy Days .. Hilary

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  20. LOL! So true. And thanks for the laugh!

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  21. That's funny but oh so true! Great post.



    http://dpfinnie.com

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  22. I love this! So true! Oh, and if you want a widening behind, writing is the thing for you as well. :-)

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  23. Lol, this is such a true statement.

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  24. Love this post.

    And ya, the reader app on my phone is behind.

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