Writing in the Real World

22 Dec


How’s that for a charming heading?

You haven’t seen this blog for quite awhile now simply because I had to return to the normal workplace to make money desperately needed.  There, my friends, is the reality of being a writer, or musician, or artist…..unless you are famous, there is always the possibility that you’ll  have to supplement your income with a “normal” job to support your writing habit.

It’s all good.  I’m getting things done, we are making some money and I’m still moving forward with my writing career….just a little slower than I once was.  And I’m sure things will change again in the future because, well, change is constant.


Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

Margaret Mead
I’ve sung this tune in the past and I’m going to keep on singing it.  Read on!


What do writers do?  They either inform or they entertain, right?  It’s either or, or am I missing some other direct result of writing?

Well, as a matter of fact, there is one other thing we writers do, and it took me quite awhile to realize it.  Can you guess what it is?

Writers inspire!  Writers uplift!  Writers deliver happiness!  Writers transcend reality!  Writers carry on tradition!  Writers perpetuate culture!  Writers give voice to the silent and highlight the invisible.

We do all that and more.

Are you getting rich writing?  Probably not.  You’re probably a lot like me, struggling to make enough to pay a couple bills.  Our “pay per hour’ while writing is laughable, and there are times when we have to question our own sanity.

Those are the times when we need to remind ourselves that what we are doing is important….nay, what we are doing is crucial…..and society needs us.


Don’t tell me you don’t have time to write.

Make time!

Have a wondrous holiday season, or if you don’t celebrate the holidays, then Pax Vobiscum to you!


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

20 Responses to “Writing in the Real World”

  1. Janine Huldie December 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Aw, nice to see you here today and once again wishing you, Bev and your family a very, Merry Christmas!!! 🙂

    • Billybuc December 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

      Thank you my loyal friend. I cherish you, Janine, and am very thankful for our online and very real friendship. Merry Christmas!

  2. eric dierker December 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Wow it boggles the mind what a writer can do. I suppose writing needs to be it’s own reward. Although the other stuff is nice too. Merry Christmas

    • Billybuc December 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Eric, I appreciate you reading my blog. Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

  3. Shauna L Bowling December 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    I fully understand the theme of today’s blog.Very few writers can earn a sustainable living by writing alone. Once we realize that, a self-induced burden is lifted. At least it was that way with me. Now my writing is once again a pleasure and no longer a burden. My creative side is free to roam where it may, while my sensible side takes care of the bills.

    Merry Christmas to you and Bev!

    • Billybuc December 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      Nicely stated, Sha! Thanks for weighing in and Merry Christmas to you and your son.

  4. denisewa58 December 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    Hey, Billy! You are so on the money! I have considered many times stopping what I am doing with my writing and every time, someone comes out of the woodwork and thanks me for helping them get through a tough spot or I get another subscriber. I thank the Lord daily for the opportunity to write. It helps me get through the difficulties that I have in my life first and foremost, and in the process of sharing what I learn, I help others. Have a very Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring many more opportunities to change the world, one word at a time!

    • Billybuc December 23, 2015 at 2:04 am #

      Denise, thank you for the wonderful message and holiday wishes. Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

  5. marcoujor December 24, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    Dear Bill,

    I respect you even more for returning to the normal workplace~ you are a born writer at the end of the day.

    Merry days and love, Maria

    • Billybuc December 24, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Thank you Maria. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season.


  6. MelCh December 24, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    I love these three words you mention: “Change is constant.” It rings so true to me because I’ve just finally accepted that is who I am. I need change to grow and feel alive… as do we all, I’m sure! Aaah – the life of a writer. I think if we all got rich writing from home, everyone would be doing it. 🙂 You’re on the right track, keep on keeping on – you’re inspiring so many people with what you’re doing. I found out a little while back that I inspired someone to start her own business from home, through one of my ebooks. I didn’t even know more than 2 people read that one LOL. It’s a good feeling.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas friend. Take care and enjoy the festive season.

    • Billybuc December 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Mel, thanks for sharing that…what a great high, knowing something you wrote inspired someone to change their life. Hooray!!!!

      Merry Christmas my friend, and thank you!

  7. phoenix2327 December 24, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

    • Billybuc December 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      And a very Merry Christmas to you, Zulma, and your family. Thank you so much.

  8. Greg Boudonck December 24, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Hey Bill!
    You and that great wife of yours have a Merry Christmas!

    • Billybuc December 25, 2015 at 12:25 am #

      Thank you Greg and Maria!

  9. pictimilitude December 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Hope your holidays are awesome! I totally get that about the job stuff. Within months of leaving my teaching job in 2012, I had to return to work because I couldn’t sustain myself. And, well…it definitely taught me some lessons. These days I still write – but I’m turning back to my first love, art. 🙂 Good thing I know how to write so I can talk about my art. LOL.
    Sending hugs and wishes for a great year ahead!

    • Billybuc December 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

      Hugs Lil Sis! All things for a reason. So I’m told. We do what we have to do and some of us are lucky enough to do something we love doing. Happy New Year my wise friend.

  10. Dee December 29, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    I enjoyed your read today. What impacted me most was your quote of the day… it only takes one person to change things. Have a wonderful New Years, Bill.

    • Billybuc December 29, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

      Thank you so much Dee. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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