A couple weeks ago, I watched “Girl, Interrupted.” In the movie, they ask the protagonist what she wants to do with her life. Her response: Write. The reaction is one that many writers know well. There are blank stares and then the inevitable question. “What’s your backup plan?” Few non-writers understand the mindset of a writer. We writers may do something else to make money. That is not who we are. We are writers first.
I have built a life that allows me to focus on my writing. It is something I hope to maintain for years to come. With my Bachelor’s Degree, I am able to substitute teach whenever I want for decent money. With cheap rent and a cheaper lifestyle, I honestly don’t work very often. I do, however, write at least three hours a day. It’s difficult to build a lifestyle that allows you to be a writer first. If you are able to accomplish it, it is well worth it. I encourage all writers out their to honestly sit down and think about their priories. If you can put writing first, you should.
I’m about to hit another major milestone in my novel. More tomorrow.
love this!! I totally agree!! 🙂
It’s incredible how strong the stigma associated with Writing as a career has become.
I remember when I was finally brave enough to say I was a writer–it was a good feeling–when you are older, as I was, people do start to respect you.
I’m glad to hear that. I’ve found myself responding to the question “what do you do” with “I substitute teach.” I didn’t realize until recently that I was scared to respond with “I write.” It’s so personal…It’s nice to hear some respect (eventually) comes along with it.