What I Would Do If I Couldn’t Write — #MFRWauthor Week 4

Welcome to Week#4 of the Marketing for Romance Writers blog challenge for 2018. This week’s prompt is: What I Would Do if I Couldn’t Be a Writer.

AlgebraBefore I get started, maybe I should explain my blog post title from last week since apparently I confused a lot of people. And here I was thinking it made perfect sense 🙂  Seriously, I struggled with the blog post title…a lot. I was trying for clever, but all I came up with was confusing. The ptompt was to discuss how much of myself was in my writing, and all I could think was math. Percentages. Solve for X. Admittedly, just like I’m doing this week, I was trying to write the blog post at the last minute, with my head in a million different places at the same time, but that’s what I was thinking at the time.

So on to this week’s prompt. What would I do if I couldn’t be a writer?

Hat 01 Unsplash smallMy first thought is that I’d be exactly what I am now. A mom. A grandma. A daughter, a sister, a cousin, a friend…but I’m pretty sure that’s not what the prompt is looking for. What career would I pursue if I couldn’t be a writer?

I’ve already done a lot of things in my lifetime. I’ve taught writing classes, worked for a federal judge, worked for a trustee in bankruptcy, worked in a bank, worked in a convenience store, decorated Christmas trees, played keyboards and sung vocals in a local band, decorated poinsettias and other plants at Christmastime, sold flowers, fertilizer and trees, owned my own macrame company, and done various other odd jobs. In a pinch, if I had to, I might to back to the federal court, but I wouldn’t really want to do that.

That’s a lot of what I don’t want to do, but not a lot of what I would want to do. Honestly? Notebook 04 Unsplash smallRight now? If I couldn’t be a writer I’d like to be retired. I’ve worked enough years at so many jobs, I’d like to just leave it all behind and spend my days doing what I want to do. I want to spend time with my family, and travel, and try new things. I want to be where I want to be when I want to be there.

I want to do things to help other people, like maybe rock babies in the NICU (when they’re healthy enough for human touch, of course) or spend time crocheting ground mats for homeless veterans. I want to run errands and putter around the house and read. That’s not likely to happen, though.

So if I had to get a job, maybe it would be working for a nonprofit organization. I know it sounds odd, but I  really enjoyed all that policy and procedure stuff when I was on the board of directors for Romance Writers of America. I could be an executive director of some interesting nonprofit and probably be pretty happy.

Or maybe I could be an artist. You know…if I could draw.

All things considered, I probably ought to stick with writing.

This is a blog hop, so make sure you check out what the other participating authors have to say. Their links are below.


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4 thoughts on “What I Would Do If I Couldn’t Write — #MFRWauthor Week 4

  1. Helen Henderson says:

    I think the hard part of deciding on a career is that we already know a lot of what we don’t want to do or at a given stage in life ‘been there, done that.” Maybe we should just never grow up. 🙂

  2. Meka James says:

    It is much easier to say what you don’t want to do instead of what you do want. I looked into the program for rocking the babies. I’d like to do something like that as well.

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