Week four in the MFRW fifty-two week blog challenge posts an interesting question. What would I do with myself, if I couldn’t be a writer?
I’ve written elsewhere about my journey from sales and marketing in a large corporation to writer of fiction and non-fiction; from large corporate teams to working pretty much by myself. Chronic pain in my hands makes any typing painful, and impossible after several minutes without a break. Constant fatigue and brain fog make it difficult to focus and concentrate. Some might think writing a poor career choice under the circumstances! 😛
If you are interested you can read about my writing process here
In fact I often tell people, I didn’t choose to write as much as writing chose me.
Back to the question. If I couldn’t be a writer, what would I do with myself. It’s a difficult question to answer, as I’m limited in what I can do.
DragonDictate for Mac is behaving so badly at the moment I’ve considered throwing the towel in a number of times. They released version 6 which was meant to replicate all of the functionality that the Windows version has enjoyed for some time, but unfortunately it has not worked from day one. At least it doesn’t work consistently. Yesterday I uninstalled and reinstalled again, and at the moment dictation is working for me… Wait for a moment while I touch wood.
Luckily we have a few wooden bookcases behind my writing desk 😀
The point is, I’ve considered ceasing writing, but instead I’ve fiddled with the application and worked on other methods to still get the words down.
I enjoy lots of crafts, but if something stop me from writing, then it would probably stop me from doing crafts as well.
A return to full health could mean a return to full-time employment (and to a career I did very much enjoy) and that could curtail my writing time. But a return to full health is extremely unlikely.
In summary, I’m going to be a writer until something happens that stops me from writing!
I can absolutely see myself like Barbara Cartland writing books until I’m 104 – probably not romance novels, though I’m steadily adding more romance into my stories 🙂
I haven’t really answered the question have I. What would I do if I couldn’t be a writer? I guess the answer is, I don’t know, because I can’t imagine it.
I’m interested to read the authors answers to this question. You can Click here to see them too 🙂