Monday, April 5, 2010

I'm still here!

Oh, I’m so sorry my bloggy friends. I have been hellishly overwhelmed with my final weeks of going to WSU. Which brings me to… I’m going to take an extended break from college.

When I first returned to school after my baby-making hiatus, I knew I wanted to go into writing. At the time however, I thought that the only way I could be successful (i.e. make money) with writing is to do technical writing, specifically grant writing. I used to be very involved with the nonprofit sector and I thought this would be a good fit for me. But here’s the thing: I hate technical writing!

I had never considered creative writing as something I could do full time. It was my wonderful hubby that pushed me with a “Why not?” It all hit me - why not pursue what I’ve been doing as a hobby since fifth grade?

We were finally in a finical situation where my income would really not matter at all and I should be doing something I love because, well, shouldn’t we all?

Maybe I never considered it a career because most feel like a “real” career means you make money and writers do not always make money. Or, maybe it’s because, though I feel I have strong ideas, I have weak writing skill and even worse grammar. My dad always says I’m the best writer he knows. Sure, from a loved one, praise might be just all hot-air but maybe there is something to it.

Back to my point, I just started taking my writing seriously a few months ago, and it’s going really well, so I want the change to work on it more. Hence, ’m going to take an extended break from college (so I can write).

I’m here to tell you, stick it out for one more month and I will be back full force, writing and updating and blogging. My goal for this summer is to pursue publishing so I promise it will be something interesting to follow. I have not forgotten the pledge, I’m in it for the long haul.


Charity Bradford said...

Good for you! It is nice to know you can write what you enjoy and not feel the pressure of helping support the family. Yay! Can't wait to hear how it goes once you can focus on the writing.

J. Kaye said...

I am working towards doing this full time. I need to get a couple of children settled first. :)

Linda said...

I'm so happy for you --family support means so much, especially with young ones still in the house. Remember, any words on the page at all in a day will help to make the writing a reality, and grammar can come in the editing ;-)

Best of luck--I'll be following with interest (even if I lurk rather than comment)...

Mary McDonald said...

You are so lucky! If you have the chance, I say go for it. I would love to do that, but I'm the main (actually, only right now) breadwinner, so not an option.

I hope things go well for you. :-)

Liz H. Allen said...

Thanks everyone. I really am lucky to have a hubby that kicks my butt. ;)

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