Radine Trees just wrote a similar post, but I think mine is enough different to go ahead with this one.
Lately I've been reading post from mystery writers who've decided to quit writing or to at least take a break from writing.
Frankly, I'm a bit surprised. I've never felt like that. I've been forced to take a break when family emergenies arose and when I broke my ankle a few years ago, I just couldn't get into the frame of mind to write for a long time.
But to decide I'm not longer going to write just because has never entered my mind--and certainly not for the reasons some of the authors stated. I've listed them here.
1. I'm not making enough money after all the time I've put in.
2. I haven't become famous or received the recognition that I hoped for.
3. I'm retiring and just going to enjoy life.
Though I'd certainly like to be making more money, that has never been my motivation for writing. I write because I just love doing it. I also want to find out what my characters are up to next--and the only way to do that is write the next book.
Oh, my, I don't think I ever aspired to being famous. Of course, my hope has always been that I'd interest some readers who really liked my books--and I've done that. I doubt many readers recognize my name, but I love those readers who've told me they love my books and those who've written wonderful reviews for them.
I've retired from many jobs--teaching in pre-schools and day care centers and my last occupation was owning and operating a licensed care home for developmentally disabled women; hubby and I did this for 23 years. No matter what "job" I had, I always managed to write and get published.
Now the only job I have, besides being a wife, mom, grandma and great grandma, is writing, and I am not ready to give it up. If I did, what would I do? Writing has been a big part of my life since I was a kid.
To the writers out there, have you considered retiring? And if so why?
And to your readers, would you be disappointed if your favorite authors decided to quit writing?
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith
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