The Purpose-Driven Writer’s Life

For many of us, the flexibility of the writer’s life is what makes it so wonderful.

When you make your own schedule, work when you feel most creative, and have no one to report to but you, it makes living life — both the ups and the downs — a lot easier.

It relieves a whole lot of stress when the unexpected pops up — which, for some reason, seems to always happen in the Emergency Room.

I know when my fiancé, Jackson, woke up in severe pain one morning in early October, it wasn’t even a question that I would take as long as necessary to take care of him.

There wasn’t a boss to consult. No colleagues to bother into covering a shift. I simply sent out an email to a few clients that I would be out of the office, and that was that.

I get worked up just thinking about how fiercely I would have fought to be with him … flat-out quit my job if I had to … but it wasn’t even a thought.

And in the middle of a crisis when your loved ones are in pain, a boss isn’t the one who should be deciding whether you can care for them or not. Your flexibility shouldn’t even be a question.

AWAI member John Torre is another writer that measures his success by his flexibility.

In October 2012, the unexpected hit for John, too: his mother went in for a routine checkup … and ended up in the Emergency Room. She was bounced back and forth between home, the hospital, and rehabilitation for the next six months.

And guess where John was during those long months? Not pacifying a boss. Not stressing about his paychecks. Not sitting in a cubicle, worried sick. He was at her side, where he needed to be.

He kept track of her doctors. He visited her at least twice a day. He made sure she was taken care of. And when she was able to come home — and to this day — he helps her get her meals, bathe, and make sure she’s safe in bed every night.

I strongly recommend you read John’s incredibly uplifting story here.

In it, John explains how our purpose here isn’t to slave the daylight hours away … and there’s more to becoming a copywriter than just making your own hours. It’s deeper than that. It’s to fulfill a greater purpose during those hours.

Then, think about what ultra-flexibility could mean in your life. Let me know in the comments section!

Tomorrow, you’ll discover something you might not have known about one of AWAI’s most beloved teachers … and how he measures his success by what he’s able to give to others.

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Published: November 5, 2013

5 Responses to “The Purpose-Driven Writer’s Life”

  1. So True, Rae. I was able to take care of my mom the last months of her life as she battled cancer.

    I literally packed up my office and moved it into a desk in her guest room.

    I wrote from that little guest room, from the hospital and at the local Starbucks when someone came to relieve me.

    The writer's life truly is a blessing.

    Sean McCoolNovember 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

  2. Dear Rae, As I sit here today with my husband in the sub ICU and a long day in the emergency room.. I cannot be more inspired by your letter~ the circumstances seem uncanny. It's a sign to me that this is the time to cast aside all fear, to make the leap, and to decide once and for all that this is my year!
    I told my husband I was ready to make it happen and he believes in me. I wish for my family a better life ~ a writers life! I will be at Bootcamp 2014. I hope to meet you there. Erin

    ErinONovember 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  3. Rae, I have done that emergency room thing myself with my wife.

    I was laid off on Friday, Nov 1. It was one of the best things that could happen.

    So today I signed up for the Circle of Success!

    Guest (Steve)November 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  4. I'm just starting and very excited about the journey but I might need encouragement from you along the way. In some ways, this seems "too good to be true" but I am very open to the possibilities. Thanks for an encouraging article for starters.

    stevenNovember 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm


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