Who Cares? About What I Write

Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)

COMe: Credible, Observant, Motivated, ethical

WHO CARES—

ABOUT WHAT I WRITE?

On Oct 3, 1998 Andy Rooney celebrated his 2,500th newspaper column, columns which were then appearing in 144 newspapers across the country (lagging behind columnists George Will and Dave Barry).

“The column,” Rooney wrote, “is usually about 700 words long. Seven hundred times 2,500 comes to 1,750,000 words. The average novel is 125,000 words.”

He went on to note “If the column is any good, it usually takes me less than two hours to write. If it isn’t any good, it can take me all day.”

Rooney feels “It is a great privilege to write a column.” He claims to be an essayist, who, by definition, can write “about anything.”

I, too, like to write “about anything,” and enjoy writing most when I choose my subject. That’s one reason I freelance instead of joining a newspaper staff. Writing in areas in which I have no interest—like sports, politics and military—makes writing “work” for me. Freelancing makes it more hobbyish because I am free to express my thoughts in and on scripture, life events and news—responding to issues, exploring topics, seeking therapeutic release through and ultimately communicating on whatever subject I choose to whomever takes the time to read my productive ramblings.

Some people receive communication through my writings when other ways of communication fail.

Yet I wonder as I write: Who wants to read my words?

“Sometimes I get thinking how presumptuous it is of me to assume anyone cares what I think,” Rooney ended, “but a writer can’t spend a lot of time being modest or he’d never write anything.”

Touchee! I’ll continue writing, sometimes only for myself.

But most of all, writing allows me to leave a legacy for those who come after me. That is, if I can be presumptuous enough to assume anyone cares what I think!

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ADDITIONAL READING on Writing

in COMe‘s Predecessor, CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS:

Test Your Knowledge on the 2014 Word(s) of the Year

A Bookish Choice: Authoring for Obscurity or for Popularity

How to Write a Letter to the Editor

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About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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5 Responses to Who Cares? About What I Write

  1. I for one enjoy reading what you write Thank you and keep up your writing. God Bless

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  2. Veronica Brown says:

    I do – I care! Please don’t stop. Many blessings to you –

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  3. Carol Demi says:

    I also enjoy what you write, it is identifying to most, keep them coming. Can’t wait to read the book and short story.

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