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Week #4: What I would do if I couldn’t be a writer
Wow, this is an interesting question. Of course, I don’t HAVE to be a writer, no one is forcing me. And like all writers I have my moments where I just want to give up. But I know it’s part of who I am, it’s part of my being and my personality, it’s essential to who I am. The thought of not having that–of not knowing who and what I am–is kind of scary.
I don’t know that I would do anything else creative because I’m not that good at any other creative pursuits. Maybe I would try to be, but I don’t know. I suppose I could learn an instrument, or learn how to draw or make art. But would I have the same passion for it? I don’t know. I’m assuming with this question I just suddenly couldn’t be a writer anymore, as I am, in my life now. That would be hard, and I feel like I would lose a big part of myself. It would leave a hole behind that I’d find hard to fill. I suppose for a while I’d just focus on my job and try to figure out what I want to do next, where I want to go. Maybe I would try to find a job that helps me travel and see more of the world.
I would probably still do something connected to writing–teaching, or being in the publishing business, something of that sort. What would you do if you couldn’t be a writer?