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  • Writer's pictureKara Chatham

What am I going to do?

I think that a common question for any aspiring author is “what am I going to do?”. What am I going to do until I get my “big break”? What am I going to do to help me stay afloat? As a Junior in college, I’m having to ask that question more and more as I approach the end of my college career. I’ve been told by multiple professors that I should go for my masters because that would help me in the world of writing. The only thing about that is that I do not have the money to go that far in my education. So unless there is someone out there who wants to pay for me to go that far, I can’t do that.

All I want is to be a published author. I don’t have much of a desire to do anything else. Considering that I have to find something else that would be my “day job” until I make it big (which let’s be honest, I may not ever make it big in the publishing industry), it should probably be something else that I enjoy. So what else is there that I enjoy? I enjoy making YouTube videos, but the way things are today it is almost impossible to make YouTube a career. I enjoy reading – maybe I could become a paid book reviewer, but I’m not entirely sure how to do that. I’m not sure if book critic is the exact same thing as book reviewer, I think they are but I could be wrong, but I’ve thought about that. I enjoy performing (colorguard and dance) – not entirely sure if I could make an honest career out of that, but it’d be fun.

Honestly, I want whatever it is that I do as a career to be fun. I want to look forward to going to work. I don’t want to dread each and every day of it. My dad advised me when I was starting college to try to have a career that I enjoy. I agree with him. If I don’t enjoy it, then I know I will not put my best effort into it. I just don’t know what to do. The closer I get to the end of my college career, the more scared I become that I’m not going to have any sort of job that I will truly enjoy.

I wouldn’t say that my time in college has been a waste because I have learned a lot from all of my professors and from that I have been able to make informed decisions about different types of jobs. The more I learn, the more I am certain that being a novelist is all that I want to do. The only thing about that job is the practicality of it. There isn’t a whole lot of practicality involved, but that is what makes it an adventure and fun in my opinion. I think it is important to have adventure and fun in life. I couldn’t really imagine life without it. Anything can be fun and an adventure depending on your perspective.

Until next time… Kara

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