Advice to College Graduates Contemplating the Writing Life

This is written for college grads but I feel that it can apply to anyone wanting to write for a living, or just write for themselves. Great article!

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sandramillerBy Sandra A. Miller

Make lattes at the bookstore café or bag groceries at the Stop ‘n’ Shop. Give the job some muscle and love, but not every moment of your writing time. Or find a position that taps your talent in exchange for a sizable salary. Eat well. Drink well. Don’t think of this as a right or wrong choice, but you’ll soon enough learn what you hunger for.

Or, like me, pack a bag and move to Japan where you can write through the night in your lonely apartment with Hemingway novels scattered across a blonde straw floor. An eager student will teach you the word for rising sun, Asahi, which, in turn, you will whisper to your lover at dawn, the one who fills, then breaks, your heart, leaving you alone again with nothing but your notebook. Write! Write! Blur the ink with tears as you journey…

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You Owe YOU!

Or as Nike says “Just do it.” You are the only one truly holding yourself back from living the life you want to live. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be struggles along the way but the only one who can overcome those struggles is you.


How should the Universe respond to you based on your decision not to leave your mark of excellence on the world’s consciousness? How many perfect opportunities will you miss even as you search for the right opportunity?

How many more self-help books will you read before you finally accept your birthright—a destiny forged in greatness? How many more personal development seminars will you attend before you realize that the phenomenal life you are seeking is also seeking you? How many more motivational videos will you watch before you accept that you already possess the gifts, talents and skills to bring your lifetime dream to fruition? 

How long will you continue to overthink, get worked up and entertain self-doubt and worry? How long will you remain in a state of anxiety and uncertainty over problems that will never materialize? How long will you worship at the altar of other people’s success rather than create…

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Honey bees are the bee’s knees. Act before there are none.

This is more important than most of us realize, they benefit us so much, and they benefit the world far more than we ever give thought to.

Bird Flight

bee-259983__340 Good little honey bee

Bees have been long-time feared or disliked insects because of their painful stings when feeling threatened, but some (not all), like honey bees and bumble bees, lose their lives after they sting. It’s kind of sad, I think, because these bee are really rather useful insects that provide many benefits to humans. Honey bees pollinate 80 percent of flowering crops. Those crops constitute one-third of everything we eat. Without honey bees, we would not have apples, strawberries, nuts, broccoli, cucumbers, blueberries, and many other favorite foods. Oh yes, let’s also not forget honey. In addition, the beef and dairy industries would be affected because alfalfa crops would be threatened. Alfalfa is a main source of their feed. If none of the honey bees were to survive, our insect pollinated plants would not survive, potentially reducing mankind to little more than a water diet, or at least…

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My number one battle is against Doubt. It is a fight against what I want to achieve versus what I think I can achieve. I have never really had much confidence in myself and I always underestimate myself and the things I create. I feel like most things I make are only so-so and not spectacular. One thing I can tell you is that I have amazing people around me that show me different. They boost me up and make me see that the work I do is actually better than so-so. It still may not be the best but it isn’t as bad as I think it is. Right now I’m a journey of self-discovery. I am trying to find what I would love to do for the rest of my life, what career I will have and how we will raise our daughter. I really want to break free from a 9 to 5 job and be able to be my own boss, work my own schedule and not just work a system like Uber where the payout isn’t all that great. I’m talking about having a successful blog, maybe write a book or two, or something else online. Maybe I could just bee a freelance writer. At this point, I’m not sure, but I know that I want to be able to have more family time. I also want to be able to help my wife reach her dream of having a nice self-sustaining homestead complete with farm animals and garden, especially with Bessie the cow providing us some fresh milk! Doubt gets in the way of all of this because we are comfortable with taking to risk. We grow complacent in where we are and when we have an idea we tend to quickly shut it down because it doesn’t fit into our current lifestyle. If we are going to reach our dreams, reach our goals, we need to ditch doubt and believe that we are capable of doing a lot more than what we give ourselves credit for.

via Daily Prompt: Doubt