Never Stop Writing?
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carlafischerAuthoress · System Programmer
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Never follow any advice—follow yourself!

Never Stop Writing?

by carlafischer

»You fail only if you stop writing.«— Oh, this has something ... truly sad, inspiring me to a new poem— I will presumably _not_ write.

And probably suspending this writing business—which is toil, not just enlightening fun—or, worse:

The necessity to stop it, characterises a writer's life more ...

... than her or his striving for being prolific.

Writing not necessarily is the hand that feeds you.

Am I failing, then, when I stop doing it?

As a writer, I might suffer. But as a human being, I can eat—

I do not see any failure here.

I watch me succeed.—

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bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
5 months agoReply
I loved this. I sometimes get yelled at for writing and reading too much. As if there was such a thing. I wrote prolifically until I got married, had kids, made a living, got involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, football, tennis, and working 12 hours a day as a registered nurse. I began again at the coercion of my sons and a grandson. I have told stories all my life. Some of them were true. Once I wrote about the war in Laos, a great weight was lifted. It seems to me that writing to pay the bills would somehow create a need to write versus a want to write. The mandate to write is not, in my case, time delimited. There are Christmas Letters. Great talking and thinking points!!!!!!

carlafischerBronze CommaAuthoress · System Programmer
5 months agoReply
@sydney Thanks for stopping by and dropping a note! :) # It is we who decide! Exactly! Hence I hoped one and all should follow what I put in the description field heading this ... story. ;) That aside, writing is like love: Once the line of questioning whether or not to follow its seducing paths is crossed, it seems quite natural to advise others better _not_ to do this. But, as I found for both love and writing—or is that just the same?—it can obviously be crossed in only one direction ... Game of life?

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
6 months agoReply
Great points here Carla! You definitely don't fail if you stop writing, but for those who want to write, you are the one in control of when you keep writing or decide to givr up! It is we who decide!

carlafischerBronze CommaAuthoress · System Programmer
6 months agoReply
The picture used as story background I found posted by @sydney elsewhere but, I withstood the temptation to reply elsewhere. Instead, I chose to reply here and—worse!—I did what I did not want to do, namely ... you guess what. It's too late for me to make big decisions, the writing illness got me—and has me. I am totally lost. But any aspiring creative mind ... Well—I hope you simply follow what I put in the description field heading this ... story. ;)