I mean, okay, I don't shout it from the rooftops or have a personalized license plate or anything, but the subject comes up in conversation from time to time. Someone will ask, "What do you do in your spare time?" Or, "Do you work while your kids are at school?" I used to avoid saying I was a writer. Something about it just felt kooky. I mean, I don't have a creative writing degree. I didn't major in English. I don't work within the publishing industry. I kind of felt like, who am I to write novels?
But, I'm over that now. I own it.
I write. I'm not all that bad. And I love it.
Inevitably, the follow up question is, "Have you written anything I might have read?"
No, no I haven't.
That's a hard one to answer because it brings up those old feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. I used to go into the whole shebang, "Well, I'm working on it." "It's a really long process." "I have an agent and have a couple projects out with publishers." All true, but I'm tired of justifying what I do and why I do it. And really, I'm justifying it to myself more than anything because that person who's asking probably isn't looking for all that anyway.
I've changed the long rambling response to, "Not yet."
To the point.
Because I know all of the ins and outs and don't need to stumble and bumble over them to make myself seem worthy.
The fact I love what I do is enough to keep doing it. To own it. No justifications or excuses needed.
How about you? How do you answer the dreaded, "What do you do?" question?
*Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*
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