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Kim Wilson
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Only A Writer Understands
 A Writer
by Marilyn Freeman

Iím very hesitant about telling people Iím a writer. I love writing, but Iím not the type of person that has to write 24/7. I write when I have an idea or find the time.

If I mention that Iím a writer, I get the look. You know the look, itís when the person looks at you and is thinking, ďYouíre a writer? So why arenít you writing?Ē They canít understand why you would be out shopping when you should be sitting at a computer all day.

Then the very first question they ask out loud is, ďAre you published?Ē This is when I realize I made a big mistake even saying I was a writer. Now I really have a problem! I have to tell this person, Iím not published, but I am a writer. Really! Honest!

I have to come up with things like, ďNot yet, but I have quite a few stories out for consideration. I hope one day to be published.Ē There goes the look again. I can just see it in their eyes. ďSheís a writer! Not published! Out shopping when she should be writing! She must not be very good at writing.Ē

To me itís like I have to apologize for being a writer. I want to shout to them, ďWriters are not lazy! We work at our own pace! We may write at 3 a.m. while everyone else is sleeping. We take care of our homes and write when we can squeeze in the time. Writing is not a 9 to 5 job and writing is not just a hobby.Ē

I think the next time someone asks me what I do, I will just say Iím in ďSalesĒ. I canít think of a person I know that will ask me what I sell for fear they might have to buy. I will be telling the truth, Iím always trying to sell a story. I hope one day, once I make a real ďSaleĒ, I will be able to say Iím a writer and you can check out my story at your local book store.

I truly believe only a writer understands a writer.

Marilyn Freeman is happily married (39 years), a mom to two daughters and has eight grandchildren. She became a writer when she had to quit her job to stay at home and care for her 88-year-old mother. She has completed the basic writing course at the Institute of Children's Literature and is now taking the advanced course. She prints a critiquing newsletter, From Dolly's Desk for other children's writers designed to share and critique stories and articles. Her work has appeared in Once Upon A Time magazine, Wee Ones e-magazine, Wee Parents, and the ICL Web site.  You may reach Marilyn by sending mail to bwfmef@bellsouth.net or dolllydsk@bellsouth.net.









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