My youngest daughter, Lucie, is a talented writer. But she recently decided to give it up because she’s tired of being on deadline.
In my recent post, [the writing gene], I talked about the writers in my family and speculated on whether writing talent is inherited. Then friends pointed out that I forgot to mention my daughter is the news editor for the De Anza College newspaper, La Voz Weekly. We recently attended a visit of the Dalai Lama together, and this is her article for the paper. I thought it was excellent, of course.
In addition to a full-time class load and working every weekend, Lucie attends newspaper Ed Board meetings once a week and stays at school two nights a week past midnight working on production of the paper. Sometimes she trouble-shoots on Fridays when it’s supposed to go to print. This is in addition to the time she spends assigning and editing stories.
My first reaction when I heard about Lucie’s renouncement of journalism: “Deadlines got you down? Wimp.” But I rarely have daily deadlines–at least not until I started in social media. Maybe I’ll feel differently after another year of writing regular blogs, Facebook posts, and tweets for clients as well as for my own business.
This rule applies to any creative endeavor. If you can’t do it with enthusiasm, you will grow to hate it and hate yourself. I’m just glad Lucie realized her true feelings before finishing a university degree in a field she doesn’t want to make a career in after all.