“The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.”
– William Goldman, Academy Award Winning Writer of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “All the President’s Men”
This quote was sent to me in a newsletter and it is so very true.
Now we have to do the hard thing — and sit down and write.
–Patricia Santos Marcantonio
At the state conference held in September 2010 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, the Idaho Writer’s League named Bonnie Dodge 2010 Writer of the Year. Dodge earned the award for the significant body of work she published in 2009 consisting of articles for newsletters and websites, and as co-author and graphic designer of the anthology, Voices from the Snake River Plain.
Here is a good article from Writers Digest about why you may be getting rejections. So before you open a vein, read on…
How do you write words that say one thing, but are really saying something else?
This is an excellent article on that subject.
On Oct. 1, 2010, I quit my day job to focus on full-time writing.
Was I excited? You bet.
Was I ready to get to work? Oh yeah.
Was I terrified? Certainly.
Let me tell you how it came about.
One day I decided that I was not going to wait until I was sixty something to focus on writing. I paid off all my credit cards, let go my housekeeper, saved up dough and quit work.
My family and friends were so supportive, particularly my husband Jerry, who is still at his day job. It did take some good talking on my part. I told him that instead of being holed up in my office writing in the evenings, that I would write during the day, so we could spend more time together. We would save money on me not driving or buying work clothes or lunch, or going out to dinner because I was too damn tired to cook.
I got us used to living on his salary.
There will be sacrifices, like not going out to buy exactly what I want. But I pray the old saying — The more you make, the more you spend — will hold true.
While it will take time to get used to my new work schedule, I can hardly wait to start. (On the advice of my daughter, I took a day or two off to decompress and it was a great suggestion.)
When I am ready to start my newly revised career, I have four writing projects ready to work on. I also will save time during the week to market my writing. Hopefully, those projects will pay off with money, as well as personal reward.
I am so fortunate that I was able to quit the day job, to tell the stories that are bursting inside me. To try and fail, to do and succeed.
Now the real work starts, but it is what I love to do. And what more could any writer, in fact, any person ask for?