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Writers: Starving Artists or Career-Minded Professionals?

In the class room I am known as Professor Thiaw, a full time professor teaching mainly literary or cultural courses. What students may not see, is that I am also a professional writer, published under the names Maria C. James (before marriage) and Maria James-Thiaw.

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For me, writing is not a hobby, but a life-long career, and I am a working artist, not a starving one.

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Writing, in its many forms, is both an art and a process. While many people spend their spare time working out their feelings by writing, it takes a lot of effort to become a professional writer. The professional writer’s work doesn’t stay in their diary, but eventually rests on a book shelf (whether literal or virtual), available for public scrutiny. Continue reading

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