Brian Bice: September 2011 Writing Challenge Winner

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What Does the Writer’s Life Mean to You?

The most important part of the writer’s life to me is helping people solve problems that are keeping them awake at night. The gratification that comes from seeing someone else succeed with my help is a huge motivator to keep writing. It’s almost cliché: help enough people get what they want and you’ll get what you want in return. The writer’s life does just that – helping people achieve their personal and professional goals helps me achieve my life’s goals.

It’s selfish to hold back your abilities because of your own fears when someone else needs your help. In my professional life, not only as a writer, but also in other businesses, I’ve always enjoyed seeing my clients’ happiness with the results they achieve. Recently, I’ve come to think more about the people I could be helping because – let’s face it – at some point in time, we all slack off. Maybe slacking off keeps one person from finding my services and solving their top‐of‐mind problem.

Unacceptable! There’s my motivation to keep writing!

I don’t think of the writer’s life as a goal to attain, but rather a sustainable way of life for years to come. I find that when I set a goal, I start to think of the goal as the end result. The writer’s life isn’t the end for me and shouldn’t be for anyone considering what the writer’s life means to them. The writer’s life is a WAY of life that I’m passionately embracing.

I enjoy spending time with my wife, Mandy, two kids, Kaylee and Conner, and Labrador, Princess Macy. We’re a very busy family. My wife is a women’s health nurse and pursuing her master’s degree in women’s health. Our kids are 2.5 years and 6 months old respectively. I’m involved with two businesses. The good news is that the writer’s life affords us the time to be together with our busy schedules. Copywriting is one of very few career paths that not only pay the bills and then some, but also afford the flexible daily schedule to pursue other interests. For me, those interests are my family and my businesses.

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