I'm unabashedly happy this morning, having landed not one but two lucrative, back-to-back writing jobs. One I was expecting. The other just kind of fell into my lap. When I found out how much I'd be making, I felt guilty. But that quickly passed and left me just feeling extremely fortunate.
It's the exact same grateful feeling I got the day I received my first paid assignment. And each day since that I've been hired or received a paycheck for writing, I feel it anew.
If there's any advice I'd give fledgling writers, it's this: Be honest with yourself. If you're well-read you know whether you're a good writer. If you're still not sure, ask people who can be objective to review your work. Do not ask sycophants or people who are afraid to tell you the truth. If and when you do get hired, don't get full of yourself. The higher a pedestal you put yourself on, the harder the fall. Be grateful and remember that the job didn't have to go to you. There are a lot of writers out there; the assignment could have just as easily gone to someone else.
But these came to me me, so I am - again - grateful.
Now,that's the good news. The bad news is that Roundtable Wednesday is going to have to take a break. Shrub's already had to bow out due to demands of studying for the Colorado bar. That just leaves BillyD, who's probably just as busy as we are.
Later this summer we'll revive it again. But for now, it's going to have to sit on the back burner. To those who've taken part, thanks so much. There will still be stuff here if you like to comment, just probably not as involved as what you're used to.
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