So, this is the part where I tell you all that I want to be a writer.
I guess this is something that a lot of people say. And can I just ask does anyone else ever get that sympathetic look when they say that? Does anyone else get that “Aww. How cute. Thinks they can follow their dreams” expression. And does anyone else ever get that patronizing tone of “You do know hardly any writers make a living at it?”
I’ve got to say when that happens it makes me want to insult my laptop really, really loudly. And I take laptop manners seriously.
Because do these people really think we writers don’t have enough hang-ups about our work? Do they really think we writers don’t beat ourselves up enough about whether we’ll ever be good enough, whether we’ll be able to earn money, whether we’re just plain stupid to think we’ve got talent? Do they really think that we don’t ask ourselves enough questions about the future without having to remind ourselves that no one else seems to think we can do it either?
I know I sound like an annoyingly privileged brat if that’s the biggest thing that annoys me but it just gets to me. So if you want to be a writer and you’re getting those kind of comments? Don’t listen to them.
I’m not saying don’t be realistic. I’m not saying it might not be difficult or take a long time to get where you want to be. But I am saying; don’t waste your time with people who make you feel bad or stupid or pathetic about your dreams. You don’t need that. Life’s hard enough as it is without letting people drag your dreams down too.
Cross-posted to my Tumblr The Little Enigma .
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