Back in 2007 when I first started writing for a local paper, one question haunted me.
What if I ran out of stories?
After all, the paper never ends. It's a story-chomping machine whose hunger is eternal. Every time I was published, I was certain it might be the last time I was published.
What if I didn't have any more ideas that my editor liked? What if I ran out of ideas altogether?
Well, those days are long dead. I now have two newspapers giving me assignments and not enough time in the day to get to all of them. My day-job just takes up too much of my well... day! Too bad being a freelance writer doesn't cover my bills & offer health insurance. If it did, I'd have more time to do what I want to do--write!
As soon as I get home from being an office desk jockey, I usually have an interview scheduled, notes to go over, or someone to call. At times it can be stressful because I just want to relax.
That's when I have to remind myself of how I felt in 2007.
Three years later, with more than 120 stories under my belt and a book on the way, the anxiety I had about running out of good ideas has subsided. At least for now....