It’s a Creative Business: Business or Unconditional Love

This week, Ronni Miller reflects on her professional journey as a creative.


 

Business What did I know about business? I had been a stay-at-home mother, raising three children after graduation from Boston University with a liberal arts degree, and before that I was a sheltered daughter from a middle class Jewish family whose father was a lawyer and mother was an in-the-closet artist and writer.

 

Determination to achieve whatever it was you wanted had been the operative narrative around the dining room table in my home of origin.  All I ever wanted was to write, publish, marry and raise a family. Writing had been my mainstay, my plumb line since I was six years old.

 

Motherhood absorbed my energies, while creativity found a home in children’s plays I wrote for my children’s school and short stories that were stuffed in file folders. The feminist movement lit my fire, and I began to write articles and essays about the need for women to aspire to their creative potentials. A divorce propelled me into teaching English and theater in a private school, where I continued to hone my experiences by writing curriculum for my sixth and seven grade English courses. Trained in acting, I taught drama. That led to my initiation of a yearly consortium drama festival for six private schools in the area of northern New Jersey, which gave students an opportunity to showcase their talents.

 

I left teaching and landed jobs editing local newspapers and magazines, continued freelance writing and publishing in local and regional publications, and acquired rejections from national magazines that shook my confidence. All the while, I continued to raise my now high school-aged kids.

 

I worked as a temporary secretary while my children attended college, which helped supplement a freelance income so that I could finish my first novel. An epiphany happened after years of struggles to survive that led to my Write It Out® service product, now entering its twenty-fifth year. As founder and director, I facilitate workshops in the U.S., Bermuda, and Italy, guiding individuals to express feelings, memories, and experiences through writing. In my private practice as Book Midwife, I coach individuals to birth their books.

 

I’m thankful every day for that epiphany.  My students and clients have been my inspiration and motivate me to continue offering services. The Program has segued into the healthcare field; it’s used by people affected by cancer as well as those who have suffered loss and life-altering conditions, who want to document their stories in prose, poetry, and theater pieces. Seven published books remind me that joy of creating is a balm to my spirit.

 

Five suggestions to others:

 

  • Dedicate yourself and believe in your product or service.
  • Trust yourself to pursue a dream.
  • Rely on desire as your support system.
  • Listen and observe your efforts as an educational experience.
  • Incorporate your life experiences into a new profession.

 

I’ve translated the word business, still foreign to me, to mean service. That has made all the difference. You can call it business, service, profession or simply unconditional love. I call it being an entrepreneur.

 


 

Ronni Miller, award winning fiction writer, author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, produced playwright, published essayist is the Founder and Director of Write It Out® a motivational and expressive writing program for individuals of all ages since 1992. She facilitates workshops in the US, Italy and Bermuda and has a private practice as Book Midwife. A NLAPW member since 2008, she serves as board member of her Sarasota, FL Branch and 4th Vice President of our national society. 

 

“Female Writing on Notebook” image by adamr/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Ronnie,
    You’ve demonstrated through your life that it is possible to make a living, no, profession, out of writing. It gives hope to others struggling to take that leap of faith into the creative field. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story and I’m very impressed and envious that you’ve turned it into such a rewarding experience!

  2. Karen Wiley says:

    I really appreciate your article. I am about to embark on a new chapter in my life and feel that I have at about three books that I will be birthing. I am becoming more skilled in my writing and drawing out my thoughts to be able to put them to paper. I have experienced several traumatic life events and want to share with others who may learn from my experience.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Sandra Michel says:

    Enjoyed your blog. I hadn’t looked at the authors name but I was quickly thinking this has to be Ronni. And was delighted to see that it was. It is good to know you are still doing what you love and inspiring others..
    Sandra

  4. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    interesting perspective. I agree…as creatives, we do offer a service of sorts; we serve others by transforming our understanding of the human condition into music, words, or art. Our service is to humanity, not to ourselves. Thanks for sharing!