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Writing Is A Calling



Lesson 3 of Barbara Abercrombie's A Year of Writing Dangerously is best summed up by Elizabeth Gilbert's quote:

"I believe that - if you are serious about a life of writing, or indeed about any creative form of expression - you should take on this work like a holy calling. I became a writer the way other people become monks or nuns... I was writing's most devotional hand-maiden. I built my entire life around writing."

                                                                         -- Elizabeth Gilbert


I was recently talking with some coworkers about my upcoming theater show and they asked, so this writing is what you do for a hobby? They know its not what I do for a living so its easy to apply labels and call something a hobby, but its what I do for a life.

It's sort of hard to explain to a non-writer what it means to write, just as it is to explain to a non-runner what it is to run. This video below is the perfect example for runners. 


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  1. I can relate. During the day I poured everything into teaching and made sure the children and I all enjoyed our time together and worked to end each day with satisfaction of a job well done.
    Once when I mentioned to a younger teacher that I was planning on retirement a few years in the future, she said, "But teaching is your life!"
    "No," I told her. "Teaching is what I do to support my life."

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This is also from an older draft post. I've since been part of a show, an extraordinary experience I still have to blog about but I'd thought I'd still post these earlier thoughts.

I love writing so just having a story out their in print or online and getting commented on I thought was enough but as I was recently told by an actor, when your story is told on stage its a completely different experience because of the interaction between the actors and the audience.

In this play I definitely felt the chemistry. Now and days and even back in the old days it was so hard to make a motion picture. To tell one of our stories would cost thousands of dollars and an experienced Hollywood budget and staff. At CASA 0101 what you need is an idea and some ganas to make your story into a play. And best of all its a community event with a very grass roots feel.