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Wednesday, October 05, 2011


The Write Lessons

A few years ago, around this time in the year, I was working as an accountant. Accounting was okay but my happiest days were when I had a writing assignment. I would look for any excuse to write--the employee rules needed revamping or the charitable committee needed a flyer. Finally, after a prolonged illness, I decided to ditch the corporate world and write.

Today, in reflection of how far I have come, I would like to share some of the things I have learned…and I would love for you to share your insights as well.

If it weren’t for writing I never would have learned that…

Receiving criticism is like giving blood—it’s only the initial prick that stings.

More people are interested in what I have to say than I ever would have guessed.

That initial door leads to other forms of creative expression such as drawing, jewelry making, photography and even arranging musical selections. I never would have known that tone and even dramatic arc could play into these other areas.

I can solve all sorts of problems with a large blank piece of paper and some colored pencils.

When linear thought goes nowhere try the roundabout.

Not everyone is happy that I am pursuing/achieving my dreams. That’s okay—I can let them go.

There are more like-minded people in the world than I ever anticipated.

...What have you learned?

by Robyn Chausse

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Blogger Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M. Ed. said...

Hi, Robyn!

Great post...yes, I have learned those things, also. In addition, I learned that my writing has kept me in balance during many years of living in dysfunction. Writing has also been a balm for my wounded spirit, as well as the nourishment I needed to head towards the goals I wanted in life.

Glad you listened to your Muse...the world is a better place for that!

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Lee Romano Sequeira said...

I've learned that you have to write for yourself, in your authentic voice.

Also protect your loved ones privacy --just because something in your world of reality makes a sensational story, doesn't necessarily mean the world needs to learn about the dirty laundry.

One hint: just modify the names to protect the guilty. Luckily my "guilty" family is fine with me letting the world know they're a bit kooky, but I know there will come a time when I'll have to make a name change.

OH! Like the time when....

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Connie Hebert said...

Great post Robyn - What I've learned by writing a collection of memoirs, is what I really thought about something. A look back clarified many instances in my life. Also, I really connected with your stealing time to write at work, Have been there, too. Best of luck.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Robyn Chausse said...

Hello Linda, Lee and Connie--

Wonderful Lessons--and all learned because we gave ourselves to the dance. Thank you for sharing!

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Shyxter said...

Hi Robyn! Great post. Like you, I came to a decision of leaving my regular job for writing. The funny thing is I also worked for an accounting department, like you :) I have dealt with numbers and excel work sheets for 5 years bu when I started writing articles online, I was convinced that it was high time for me to pursue my heart's desire.

It's been 3 months since I left my old job, and I am happy where I am now :)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Robyn Chausse said...

Hi Shyxter,
I must say... I do not miss pulling financials. ☺

9:39 AM  
OpenID masksthebook said...

I learned that following my dream of being a writer is more important to me than what people who "love" me think of me.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Robyn Chausse said...

Hi Mask,
Well Said!Perhaps that is the most important lesson of all:)

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Juliann said...

If it weren't for writing, I never would have learned what I want to say. I can't always formulate it in my mind to say it out loud, but somehow, putting it down on paper helps it all make sense.

(Maybe because I can't cut & paste my thoughts when I'm speaking. :) )

4:25 PM  

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