Today’s Write on Wednesday prompt is this:
So, how about you? What do the three P’s of writing…practice, pleasure, profit…mean in your writing life?
Practice, pleasure, profit? What DO they mean?
I’m paid to write. But it is promotional and PR writing. Fun, fine, I get to work with words. I’m grateful for the job I have and that I get to write. Without that income, I’d be sad indeed! Profit matters.
But it’s also routine. The practice, I think, comes in doing some thing new. Yes, I “practice” being concise (I have to – I tend to write long and I’m a far better editor than writer!).
The blog is new. Only seven months. I practice a lot more than I used to, writing things other than work! Do I carefully craft most posts? Not really.
I write off the cuff. I go back and check for spelling and such, or if I’m being excessively redundant. But basically, I write. I glance. I add photos. I hit “publish.”
Definitely not agonizing, is it?
But I guess that’s where the pleasure comes in.
Becca’s post on Write on Wednesday hit home – I used to do a lot of freelancing and attempted-freelancing (and I wanted to do something where I sent a self-addressed stamped envelope for a rejection notice – WHY?) After writing at work all day, doing it on the off-hours just wore me down, even though it was more or less my own thing.
But my blog. That’s where the pleasure is these days. I see my work – now! I get to write about what moves me, share what matters, when I want (or have time). I make new friends writing in this way, friends I may never see face-to-face, but whose correspondents, comments and lives matter to me nonetheless.
My writing has become an enriching element in my life in far more ways than merely arranging words.
Some posts (like Write on Wednesday) I think about more than others, I admit. But mostly these days, I write for fun.
Speaking of which, it’s time to go have fun away from the computer! Later!
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