Today, I had a potential client put me through a challenge to prove my creativity and ability to write in a strict timeline. Yes, writers often have to “try out” just like athletes do.
The email sent to me could have been intimidating to some. It stressed how hard it is to write under pressure. It underlined all of the challenges in creating a story from scratch. It emphasized how difficult it is to have a subject dropped on you and then create something of value.
I was like…what? This isn’t a challenge. This is fun.
Now, for most people it wouldn’t be fun. If you don’t think it is fun, that is a sure sign that you don’t want to be a writer as a profession.
Still, whatever you do, it should be fun. And, if at this point you are not making enough income doing what you love (see I didn’t say you can’t…you just haven’t figured out how yet), make money doing something else and do what you love on the side until you can. Come on, don’t roll your eyes, there are professional clowns, jugglers, hat makers, fortune cookie writers, mattress testers (professional nappers…yeah I know…sweet position) and then there is Jackie Samuel who is a professional snuggler and earns $60 an hour!!!!!
Having fun and making a living don’t have to be two separate things. Try it. You just may like it!
So, I had fun today. I wrote a completely fictional short story in less than an hour that is meant to be inspirational, had to go with the title that you see below and fit a certain format.
I don’t think it is half bad. Let me know what you think!
This War Veteran Wrote A Letter To His Sweetheart Every Day. Just Wait Until You See The Last One.
by Darlene Gudrie Butts
Being away from the one you love for a prolonged period of time can be one of the most challenging experiences in a relationship.
In today’s era of Skype and FaceTime, it is easy to stay connected across long distances.
In 1944, at the height of WWII, old-fashioned letter writing was the only option.
Sargent Harry Grimes left his hometown and high school sweetheart behind when he enlisted in 1941. He knew she was “the one” for him and committed to writing her a letter every day in hopes she would remember him.
Day after day, the letters kept coming.
Helen MacDonald ran to the mailbox every day to look for the letter from Harry. He had decided that he would write a paragraph of a story in each letter so she would want to hold on to him, even if it was only to find out what happened next.
As Harry wrote each day, even he did not know how the story would end. All he knew was that love would win, one way or another.
The story grew along with the audience.
Friends, family members, and the members of his platoon waited eagerly for the next chapter. Each paragraph left them hanging, wondering if Charlie Kane, the main character, would live another day. In the mud, amidst the sounds of gunfire and battle cries, Harry imagined his hero overcoming all of the odds to get back to his girl, as he too fought to stay alive and make it back home.
On July 19,1944 no letter came.
For days, Helen would find the mailbox sadly empty.
This was a time when families waited on telegrams and visits from clergy to hear the words no one wanted to hear.
The waiting was unbearable.
Harry’s life was now as much of a cliffhanger as his story was. No one knew the ending. Everyone feared the worst. Like his character, it didn’t look good.
Five letters came at once.
Each was numbered on the back and Helen read them one by one.
The hero survived and married the girl in the last letter. When Helen finished reading, she looked up to see Harry at the door. She ran and swung it opened and then stopped. He stood there; thin but proud, leaning on a cane with tears streaming down his face.
He handed her a letter and asked her to open it.
In his handwriting she saw two words.
Lets hope that along with love, fun wins as that is what life is all about!