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Struggling Is A Way of Life For A Writer

1 Aug

003Welcome back to another installment of Artistry With Words.  I hope this installment finds you productive and energetic, and I wish you well as you go about your day.

Times are tough right now for this writer financially.  The money is not flowing in on a regular basis; just one of those down times when one starts to question whether writing is all it’s cracked up to be.  Bills need to be paid, and that naturally leads to thoughts of working part time or full time to meet obligations.  I could substitute teach this fall to make some extra income, and that of course would take me away from writing, and that of course means a delay of my long-range plans.

Then I think of all the greats who came before me, and the struggles they had to endure to continue writing.  Many waited tables in cafes, and took extra jobs just to get by.  Many lived in poverty while they wrote, and many died poor never having realized financial security from their writing.

I guess the best way to describe what feeds me is to call it a passion, and thank God I have a partner in Bev who encourages me to continue and does not let money worries deter her from encouraging me.  We are a team, and we will either make it as a team or we will fail as a team, but we are united in our belief that I should be writing….that I need to be writing.  We have, in effect, bet it all on my writing abilities. No pressure there for goodness sake. LOL


Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie

Often times, during these down times, my thoughts go back to my father.  He had no dreams, or if he did have any they were not known by those of us who he called family.  His job was to support his family, and I suspect that any dreams he had dried up during the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.  He grew up understanding that a man works hard, dreams little, and goes forward one step at a time.

I admire that way of thinking and the work ethic involved, but I can’t give up my dreams, and I hope that you don’t give up on yours either.


Ah hell, I don’t feel like telling you about contests today. LOL….oh wait, my friend Sha wants me to include Writer’s Relief, so here it is.  Check it out….great ideas for submissions.



I almost forgot this…glad I didn’t. Have fun with it.


Hey, I met a new writer yesterday and thought I would share her with you.  Well, she isn’t a new writer, but she is new to me.  Her name is Randee and here is her blog.  I like what I’ve seen so far and I think you will too.


Seriously, I have to figure some things out, so that’s all you get. I hope you have a great day my friends…make sure you have a dream….and then make sure you follow it.

As with all things in life, this too shall pass, and brighter days will visit us. J


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