Monday, September 20, 2010

If I Wasn't a Writer...

The writers over at YA Rebels are vlogging this week with the topic: What would be doing if we weren't writers.

My career isn't writing (yet), but it still got me thinking. I spend a lot of time pursuing publication and I'm sure there are many things I could be doing if I wasn't writing ... but I'm having trouble thinking of any :-)  You'd think a spec fic writer would have a better imagination!

To start, if I wasn't pursuing publication, I'd probably still be a high-level volunteer for my sorority and/or Foundation.

I might have more money, as long as I didn't pick up another hobby that was more expensive. (Conferences and classes cost money)

Ironically enough, I would probably read more.

Maybe I'd have another job? If I could spend more time on education and job-searching I'd most likely have a higher-paying full-time position. Maybe I'd be more serious about figuring out what industry I wanted to work in long-term? I can't say for sure.

I'd definitely be in better shape, because I've given up many of my formerly favorite outdoor activities to spend more time on my writing.

All these sound like good things, right? But if I wasn't a writer, there's one other thing I would be: miserable. I've given up a lot of things to be a writer, but I wouldn't change it for a second.

How about you? What would you be doing if you weren't a writer? If you're not a writer, fill in the blank: What would you be doing if you weren't _________?


  1. If I didn't spend all my free time writing? Hmmmm....

    I'd like to say I'd be in better shape but I'd probably just bake and read more, and add to the overall non-shapeness. And catch up on my evergrowing list of "to watch" movies.

    But I agree with you, I'd be miserable. Writing makes me smile (95% of the time :p)

  2. Oh, and I love your new website. Love how the part with your photo. I'd be an archaeologist digging for remnants of civilizations past.