Would You or Wouldn’t You?

I spent a good part of yesterday trying to think of something to blog about today. I came up with nothing. I still have nothing.

People think it’s easy blogging every week. Or, for that matter, writing a column every week. Those of us who have always coveted those “writing jobs”—the ones where you actually get paid to write—often never give a thought to how difficult it might be to produce every week.

Which brings to mind that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.”

I wonder about that sometimes. Do people who get what they wished for ever regret it? I mean, I’m sure some do, but on the whole, are actors happy when they become household names worldwide, even if they can’t walk down the street? Do singers appreciate it when they sell out venues around the globe, even though they’ve stopped in so many places they no longer know where they are? Are the handful of writers who make it big happy, even if they get hate mail?

These are questions I ponder. The subject gets particularly intense for me when I think of it in terms of my finding a job. I’ve always disliked my jobs, as they were never the jobs that I really wanted, and I’ve always wondered, if I got a job that I really wanted, would I be happy? Would I like it? Or would I find fault with it and end up hating it? Would it be so stressful in some way that I would regret taking it?

Many people who aren’t writers think that writing is easy. We, as writers, know that’s not true. Yet so many writers would kill to have a regularly paying writing job for a weekly or monthly publication.

See the quandary there?

What would you all do? If you were offered a writing position where you had to produce on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, would you take it? Why or why not?

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10 thoughts on “Would You or Wouldn’t You?

  1. Tara and I worked really hard for many years to put our life together exactly where it is. And, without exception, we are deliriously happy about it. We’re truly living a charmed life and we take a moment almost daily to tell each other how thankful we are.

    Yep.

    As for the writing question, it would depend largely on the content/format expected. If I had to trade my previous job for a full time writing position, yes, absolutely I would have made that trade. But my life/work now? Not a chance.

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  2. I agree with Jove. At this point in my life, it depends on what’s expected out of the writing, y’know? Maybe 20 years ago, I would’ve been all WOOO WRITING ALL THE TIME ABOUT ALL THE THINGS WHO NEEDS TO SLEEP but now, not so sure.

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  3. I’m no writer, so quite simply the answer would be no. Having said that I knew what I wanted to do from a young age, I made sure it happened and when I retired 23 years later I can honestly look back and say I had the time of my life doing it.
    Respect to all the bloggers out there who keep us entertained and to all the writers and authors who change our lives with their stories.

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    1. Oh, Devlyn, I’m so jealous. I always say that I envy people who knew what they wanted to do at a young age.You’re very lucky! (I refer to my professional life, not my writing life.)

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