One Life To Live Writer Thankful for Return to Work

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Elizabeth Page is an Emmy-winning writer for One Life to Live. She recently wrote a guest column for The New York Daily News about the end of the writers' strike...

I make my living writing soap operas. I love my job. I spend my days writing about women who make a difference - who run corporations and seduce delicious men and raise troublesome but beautiful kids. And all in high heels.

Soap opera writers - or "daytime" writers as we're called in the biz - get paid once a week. Unlike screenwriters, we're "paycheck" writers, living from week to week.

So when our union went out on strike Nov. 5, my husband and I didn't have enough money stashed away to support ourselves, our 15-year-old daughter and two cats for however long it took to settle this strike.

Christmas was grim. My husband and I agreed not to give each other anything. We bought a few things for my daughter. And we played a lot of Scrabble. We cut out restaurants, movies and any fun that cost money.

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One Life To Live Quotes

Antonio: What would you call that, Jessica?
Jessica: Doing what I have to do. Mitch has hurt my family in every way possible and I want to make sure that not only does he pay, that he never hurts my family again.
Antonio: Oh yeah? Well, not tonight you're not.

Natalie: Everything's going to be fine, guys. Just - just do what he says.
Flash: How can you be so calm?
Natalie: I don't know if I am calm, okay? I just - I've been through worse.
Flash: Yeah? Like what?
Natalie: Oh, like being strapped to a table and your grandfather ready to cut your heart out.
Flash: Oh. Yeah, you got me beat, then. Never mind