A Writer’s Worth

In a society that seems to value monetary measures  more than anything else, it can be difficult to remember  that some things simply have their own intrinsic value, completely separate from anything else. They stand strong on their own.  Writing is one of those things, and we would do well to remember it.

Most of us write because we must write, because if we don’t write, then  a part of our vision is out of focus, a piece of our heart is off  rhythm.   Expressing ourselves through the written word, we can make some kind of sense of our world, or at least celebrate its
chaos.  The writing is how we heal ourselves, challenge ourselves, explore our souls, and make solid something that is up until that point, ethereal.  The next step is sharing what we write, because that is how others can use our words to heal themselves, challenge themselves, explore their souls, and welcome something ethereal into a world that is far too solid.

If we make money from our writing it is wonderful.  It  frees up our time so we can do more of it. But let’s not make the mistake of thinking  that a few paltry sheckles have any value whatsoever in the face of the true worth of our work.


About Ruth Knox

Freelance writer, published in the Canadian and U.S. market. Magazine articles, newspaper columns, guest columns, the arts community, poetry in literary venues, essays in anthologies, published in 4 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, cover story about The Treasure Valley Roller Girls in Idaho Magazine. Now in the editing stage of my non-fiction book for family caregivers, Caregiver's Quilt, a book of companionship, inspiration, laughter, and resources, encouraging caregivers to take good care of themselves too. Now living in Boise ID presently freelancing while working on my book. Member of Idaho Writers' Guild, The Cabin,and National Federation of Press Women. Interests which I like to write about include living a fabulous mid-life, spiritual growth, the writing journey, living joyfully, and finding meaningful connection.
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8 Responses to A Writer’s Worth

  1. hawleywood40 says:

    What a great reminder. I’m often lured into thinking that without money my words are devalued, only because I want so much to win that free time, leave the day-jobber life behind and truly make writing my full-time profession. That mindset can actually be detrimental to the quality of your work if you let it, so thanks for this!


    • Ruth Knox says:

      Glad the reminder helped. I wrote it to remind myself because I’m prone to forget too, but being a writer, you know about that, don’t you? Thanks for your comments!


  2. Sherri Fujimagari says:

    What an excellent article, Ruth. I remember the feeling, the glow, the glory of expressing my soul in the written word. Thanks for the memories.


  3. Richard Knox says:

    I’ve watched you work and been privileged to be the first to read your words. You always give your all on every piece. As a person and as a writer you are worth much more than gold.


  4. Darlene McFarlane says:

    Thank you for the reminder and for putting perspective in it’s rightful place. I spent a few years as an article writer but found it mundane and without gratification. Writing from the heart is an extension of who we are and a way to set our deepest passions free.


    • Ruth Knox says:

      You’re right on when you talk about passion in your writing, Darlene! There’s a certain type of writing that works for each person, but the trick is finding it and staying true to it. One of the best books on writing I ever read is “The Courage To Write” by Ralph Keyes. And E.B. White said he admired anyone who “has the guts to write anything at all.” It’s important to pick projects that are big enough to challenge you (and sometimes scare the crap out of you), and at the same time have enough faith in yourself that you can pull it off. That’s what I refer to as “writing on the edge”. When I have the guts to do that and follow through, I believe I experience the same high as the climber who just scaled the face of an impossible mountain. Here’s to your passion, Darlene, and to writers like you.


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