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May 23, 2010


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I love love love this topic. Like Betsy, I've had assignments that were not in my field of expertise and if I agree to do too many of those, my brain fries and quality suffers. But I can't just write what I want. It's hard to say "No" when you need to buy groceries and fill the car with gas. I think I've learned the hard way- by having an assignment recently totally bomb on me- that I have to know when to say no. I had told the editor I had a heavy workload at the time but she said she could wait. I should have been more adamant but in the end she wasn't happy and I wasn't happy. But I'm not giving up on any of my other gigs because I enjoy them more and I do need that money flow, even though it's not as much as I'd like it to be or on time.

Hi Marla,

I left a message before that does not seem to appear. In any event, loved this topic!

Hi Marla. I really love this topic.

When I started writing, my dream was to be able to write what I wanted and what I felt. As soon as I started getting published, I was quickly offered money to write about other topics than the ones I wanted to. Writing became a chore.

I have just recently (after writing for 15 years) decided to try to go back to JUST writing what I want. Yes, I anticipate that my income will fall. But as you said, life is short, and there are many things that are much more important than money.

Thanks again for this insightful article.

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