A new year, and a new year of blog topics!!! The first one is a question: Writing – doing it for fun, profit, or other?
Can I choose all three?
I’ve always been a writer since I got my first diary. I wrote for the shear pleasure of inventing stories to brighten the dark days of my childhood. And as dramatic as that sounds, it worked. The stories I wove made me feel alive, special, and smart. Plus, it was fun putting people in tricky situations and they trying to get them out of them.
When I got older and realized people would actually pay me cash-money for my thoughts and words, well, can I just say SCORE! In my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s I wrote for magazines, newspapers, even trade journals to supplement my real income. I knew I’d never get rich writing articles that paid $50-150.00 dollars a few times a month, but the actual paycheck came in secondary to how it felt to see my name in print in a major publication.
Nowadays, I write what I want simply because I can’t not write. The tagline for my website, peggyjaeger.com, is WRITING IS MY OXYGEN. And it’s true. You can’t survive if you don’t breath air. Well, in all reality, I couldn’t survive if I couldn’t write every day.To me, writing is my air, my oxygen. Writing gives me purpose, gives me direction, gives me an outlet for the tsunami of ideas undulating inside my brain, and brings me joy. It’s my ultimate fun, still, to this day.
So, my answer to the question – Writing: doing it for fun, profit, or other, is YES. ALL 3!
Let’s see what some of the other authors in the blog hop feel about the topic. Here’s the link to their sites. MFWRweeklyblog
And you can always find me here:
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and here’s the link to my TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAMN BOOK podcast interview, just in case you missed it: TMAYDB
4 responses to “Why do I do this??”
Good post, Peggy! Thanks for the links; I’ve signed up for the blog challenge.
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Rhonda _ I saw your name listed but the link you added didn’t take me to your post!! I usually retweet everyone on the list at least 2-3 times during the day and weekend after. It’s great cross promo!
*raises glass* Hear hear! I said ‘all three’ also:) First it was for fun, then it was for ‘other’ reasons, and now it’s for profit:) But it’s still fun, otherwise I wouldn’t stay with it!
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Writing is my oxygen is a great tagline, Peggy! Sums it up perfectly.