11 September 2012
Is it worth it?
Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson are just a few names of profound writers, but they all have one thing in common. They took sacrifices to become the writers that they are today. Hemingway spent most of his time writing and in any spare time that he had he went hunting which led to the 4 marriages that collapsed before him. Edgar Allan Poe married one of his cousins, and then after she died he really began writing and kind of went off the deep end. He spent so much time writing that he was completely broke and his health began to deteriorate which led to his passing. There’s Emily Dickinson on the other hand, she never married nor did she have any children. She was very alone for she secluded herself to write. Do you think they would have set the writing aside if they were given another chance? In order to become an excellent writer, one has to be willing to make sacrifices, but is it worth it?
In the article “On Writing,” Steven King articulates, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others; read a lot and write a lot” (King 88) On top of all that reading, they are going to be brainstorming, writing, and editing. That is a pretty time consuming process. The number one thing that astounding writers seem to have sacrificed is time with their families, loved ones, friends, and significant others. We have seen, from writers in the past that many divorces are caused from lack of them “being there”. They may be there physically but if they are reading or thinking about what’s next they may be missing out on other stuff. It has been said that Poe often sacrificed a lot in the area of personal relationships and home life in order to achieve his goals (Edgar Allan Poe). If one of the parents is absent then this can also cause hardships on children. There are many lessons to be taught to children from both parents and this is hard to do for a single parent. Many great writers are... [continues]
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