Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Writers Don't Retire

When I worked as a government employee, I lived for the day I could retire. That was when I could live off of my pension and write for the rest of my life.




Thanks to my freelancing business, I "retired" last fall. Only I'm still (sort of) young, so it isn't retirement at all. It's just work.




When you're doing what you love for a living, you can't imagine a day when you'll stop...and...what? Sit around doing nothing?



To me, it seems like a day when I'm stop doing this.



And start doing this.



Then I saw this quote from Andy Rooney...and it hit home.



What do you think? Will you ever stop writing?


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77 comments:

  1. Some people retire, quit doing what they're doing, and then they have no purpose in life.
    I never wanted to be a full time writer, and while I might not write to produce books for the rest of my life, I'll probably always write.
    Music - now that I KNOW I will always do! Guitar in hand until the day I die...

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  2. I am not a writer per se, but I do love writing in general and I wholeheartedly agree with that quote :)

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  3. Yep, can't see me ever stopping. I don't want to retire anyway, it be boring as heck. 9 to 5 though, yeah that's gotta go.

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  4. Yep, can't see me ever stopping. I don't want to retire anyway, it be boring as heck. 9 to 5 though, yeah that's gotta go.

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  5. I remember Stephen King said a few years back that he was retiring. And then published, like, five more novels.

    I'll never retire from writing.My day job? Maybe. But writing? No.

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  6. At 67, I'm already tired enough, I don't want to retire, lol... farmers don't retire.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. Hoping for retirement is sometimes such a silly business. My father worked for over 40 years, paying retirement insurance every month for decades, and then he retired 40 years after and died just a year later.
    Retirement has become such an unreachable goal for most people....

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  8. Definitely true, Dezmond. I used to live for retirement...wishing my life away. I just wanted the day when I could do what I love for a living!

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  9. I tried to leave it when I was a teenager, and it didn't work. Seriously. Ask my hubby. He says it's a part of me and I can't quit if I want to. That's not true, because I did quit...well, sort of, for a couple years. But as it turns out, I just transitioned to in-depth journal writing...

    Oh hey, I nominated you. =)

    http://crystalcollier.blogspot.com/2014/06/awards-for-meawards-for-you.html

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  10. I plan to write until I can't write anymore. The stories might change, the forms they take might change, etc but I will always be a writer. It's a huge part of who I am. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  11. Writers don't retire, they just quit their day job so they can enjoy doing what they love every day without answering to someone else for their time. What do people who don't write do after they finish all those things on their pre-retirement to-do lists?

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  12. Anyone who is OK with no longer writing (creative) was never a writer. It isn't a job; it is a compulsion.

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  13. i am temporarily retired. and all i do is blog. :)

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  14. I'm retired but I don't write, nor do I want to write. It's just too much work.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  15. I am not a writer in the traditionally sense, unless you count book reviews, but I could never imagine a time when I didn't do something creative so I can relate to that quote. I think once that bug gets inside of you, it never goes away and will always demand to be feed. ;)

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  16. It's my hope to never stop writing. Maybe, just maybe though, I'll be able to quit my day job some day. :)

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  17. Good point! I don't think I will ever retire. I might take a few more vacations, but won't ever stop writing!

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  18. Hi Stephanie,

    Here in the UK, government workers are just about the only people who can afford to retire and are certainly the only ones who will retire with anything like a quality of life. For the rest of us, I fear it is going to be one hard slog until the day we drop!

    Having a job which isn't really a job but a labour of love, would be the perfect idyll and then earning a modest income from it, the icing on the top of the cake!

    Enjoy it and long may it last for you.

    Yvonne.

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  19. Awesome post- as always. I hope I never get sick of writing. I remember reading a news release by LaVyrle Spencer about her retirement and it made me sad. How could she not totally just want to keep doing it for the love? And I loved her books, so I was sad that she quit.

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  20. I absolutely agree - this is probably also the reason I rarely give myself a full day off lol!

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  21. Andy Rooney was brilliant. :)

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  22. Stop writing? When they pry the pens and keyboards from my cold, dead hands! My living will states that if I can't write, I'm already dead, so just pull the plug because my will to live comes from the words on the page.

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  23. I would love to be able to live off my writing - I think that day is a long way off, though!
    Camp NaNoWriMo is basically NaNoWriMo but during the summer. The only difference is you get to choose your word count - I'm going for 31000, since I'm doing short stories :)
    This is the website: http://campnanowrimo.org/

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  24. Hi Stephanie,

    I am not a writer, but I think that if you truly love what you are doing, whatever that may be, then why not continue doing it? I think of Bob Barker, because I saw a video of him once where he mentioned that he loved what he did and enjoyed every day going to work! I know of some bloggers who did retire, but are traveling via an RV or narrowboat. Why not, right? This still gets them out and about, meeting people, exploring the world and doing something they enjoy.

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  25. The quote is true and whether one writes novels or a blog or just in their diary, I can't see it ever quitting. Retirement is a state of mind. We may "retire" from our work we do but , if we keep ourselves active in mind and , some-what, body, we will always entertain something new. That is what makes life grand:)

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  26. These are my sentiments exactly! I hope to be writing when I'm 80! Writing fills some insatiable need in me, and although I'd love to do what you do and write FULL-TIME, I am compelled to put stories down on paper, flesh out characters, and bring them to some sort of conclusion. I think most writers feel that way.

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  27. Congrats on retiring from your 9 to 5 and starting full time with your passions! I always say that if you're passionate about something, it truthfully shouldn't feel like work because you're having fun!

    I don't think I will retire early but I do want to enjoy the life of an entrepreneur: being able to have options to do what I WANT to do that day and not what I HAVE to do. I want to be able to retire with stuff to pass down to many generations!


    xo, N
    www.natashasolae.com

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  28. I definitely believe that's true.

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  29. I couldn't ever stop writing, it's like thinking about stopping breathing! also, your book looks adorable!

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  30. I can imagine ever stopping. I wrote before I ever knew I wanted to be a writer and I know that I will continue writing forever. I consider a day when I get to write without having to go to my day job a break in some ways, so I can see not working 9-5 at my day job and instead writing as a retirement from my other job. Or maybe it would be more of a permanent career change. :) For now that is just a dream- but what a dream it is. :)

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  31. I don't think I'll ever stop writing! I love it!

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  32. Great post, totally agree!!!
    Baci bellissima!!!!
    http://expressyourselfbypaolalauretano.blogspot.it

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  33. I can't imagine not writing. It would be akin to not reading.

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  34. I can't imagine ever stopping writing or retiring from writing. Maybe I will feel differently one day when I am published. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following.

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  35. Retirement does feel like a weird concept for a writer.

    Yvonne

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  36. I can't imagine ever not writing anymore. Heck, I'll probably still be blogging long after it goes out of fashion.

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  37. Hi: I am your newest follower. I too am kind of retired. My life is so busy I think I rested more when I was working. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  38. The only way I think I could stop writing is if my brain shuts off and my imagination stops working. I think that as I grow in life and experience more things, I'll have even more things to write about, so no. I don't think I'll ever stop writing. Even if there are no more laptops I would write on a napkin, a wall, or someone's forehead. Can't help it!

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  39. Funny you mention that, Stephanie. I was thinking about this very thing today.

    I was wondering when I would finally quit writing when I realized I don't want to quit. Win or lose, I'm still going to do it.

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  40. It's interesting that you mention the Andy Rooney quote, because didn't he pass away just a few weeks after he retired? I always thought it was sad but poetic. He truly lived for his work, and when it was time to let go, he let go of everything.

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  41. I'm not too far from retiring from my day job. From writing....not in the near future.

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  42. With this economy, I think I will do whatever I can. Retire is a word that is not in my dictionary.

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  43. My saying on this has always been, "Writers don't retire. We die." Been saying it for years and I still don't know if it's a good thing or not. ^_^

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  44. Although I am not a published author... yet :) I will never stop writing... it gives a place to hold memories, work out feelings, be myself :)

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  45. I'm not a writer, but it sounds as though it's like me saying I will never stop reading.

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  46. No, I'll never stop writing. I'll never stop knitting, either. I may be on a writing hiatus right now, but I'll go back to it. Too many stories left to tell.

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  47. I think I will always be a writer, but I'd like to be one on the beach!

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  48. I am living for the day when I can give up the day job- but writing? Never!! So, yup, I love that quote you found. It's interesting wondering about what kind of stories I'll be coming up w/years from now. =)

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  49. I'm not a writer per se, but I am hard pressed to say that I would ever stop putting my words down on a page, no matter how silly they might get the older I get.

    betty

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  50. I think it's wonderful when you're able to do what you love.

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  51. Nope. I think I'll write until my mind can't string words together anymore.

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  52. It's true, writers don't retire. Sometimes I get in writing slumps but I will write until the day I die.

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  53. My husband and I have been retired from a scheduled job for nearly 20 years...and it's great. Of course, we never stopped 'working'...it's a life now of gardening, trips, and a full time passion of birding and photography. I don't think any retiree is a quitter as long as they find something they like and keep themselves busy/occupied.

    The only 'writing' I do is composing emails and blog posts. Oh....don't forget shopping lists.

    You should consider yourself wise with the passion of writing actually...in my opinion. My sister worked for nearly 50 years, finally completely retired from a career and is bored stiff 'cause she never found any other outside interests.

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  54. I agree with this quote. I'm not a writer but if I was one,I wont't retire.
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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  55. Someday maybe I'll consider myself a writer!

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  56. Nope, I don't think writers ever retire, it would be like a phantom missing limb. :(

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  57. If the government keeps pushing retirement age up, I may never retire. LOL #stopmovingthefinishline!

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  58. I'm the same way. I write full-time and can't imagine ever retiring. That said, I'm always conscious of the fact that something unexpected may make me stop--an injury, dementia, etc.

    But hopefully not!

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  59. I think you will always need to get those characters out of your head

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  60. I don't know if I'll always write, but I know I will always do music. That is my true passion.

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  61. I don't know if I'll always write, but I know I will always do music. That is my true passion.

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  62. I will never stop writing. My passion resides within my heart and radiates from my pen. If I were to stop being passionate, I guess writing wouldn't matter much to me. But I don't EVER see this happening. I'm hoping to retire from the day job for good and do some freelance editing while having several books published under my belt. But that word really means nothing to me because I will be a writer until my last breath on Earth.

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  63. hahaha that picture of the skeleton is hilarious! That's what I feel like every time I have a deadline on something! If I can get things down as inspiration strikes, time flies. Otherwise.....I feel like that skeleton!
    I hope I never stop writing, but when something starts to feel like work, unless I'm getting a huge paycheck, I stop.

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  64. Stop writing? No way! If the day arrives when I can't use a laptop or pick up a pen, then I'll write in my head.

    Love,
    Janie

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  65. Writers don't retire. We don't get vacations either, and although that can be a bit overwhelming to always be writing or thinking about writing or coming up with new ideas, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  66. As long as you feel content with your choice you will be able to weather the storm, or storms. Freelancing affords you independence and time. I remember that when I used to be one. You are young so you haev the whole world at your feet. Worry not for you will succeed with your writing career. Wish you the best of luck.

    Greetings from London.

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  67. I agree, people retire if they don't like their jobs or have a particularly stressful one. You're lucky to have found what you want to do for the rest of your life!

    http://bellapummarola.blogspot.it/

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  68. It scares me to imagine something other than death ending my writing life.

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  69. LOL, this is such a good point! I never thought about it that way. You're right - to me, retirement is the time that I get to write all the time, and not have to worry about a day job! So no, I guess I don't ever plan to stop writing :)

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  70. I think writers are like artists- they'll always be called to their craft, even if they change things up a bit over time (changing what subjects you write about etc). I don't think you can ever fully retire from it, it's to much a part of us :)

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  71. Lots of truth in that.

    I don't see myself ever retiring from writing. It is something that brings me joy. The vehicle may change, but I hope I never reach a point where my drive to be creative dies.

    Sending you an email for the bookmarks now. Very creative idea Stephanie.

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  72. Happy friday!
    Ciao bellissima!!!
    http://expressyourselfbypaolalauretano.blogspot.it

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  73. I never thought I'd be doing what I'm doing at my age. I had something a little more glamorous in mind! lolz

    Retirement? It's still a few years away, and I haven't given it enough thought. I should be at the planning stage, but I procrastinate.

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  74. I love writing..but I'm just a blog writer and haven't written any book yet. I wish someday I'd write a book just like you did.
    And yes, I'll never stop writing, even just as a blogger. :)

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  75. I agree that writers never really retire. We may refocus or write that book we always wanted to pen but never truly retire. It's a passion!

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