It took me a long time to get to the point where I could admit to myself I wanted to be a writer. There’s nothing prudent or practical about laboring for years to produce something that may never see the light of day. And if it does – see the light of day, that is – chances are it won’t bring in the boku bucks you’ve been hoping for. So to keep writing is, well, crazy.
I have trouble justifying my desire to write as a career. As a hobby? Sure, no problem. But a career is something different. A writing career requires persistence and sacrifice and all the self-doubt you’d expect and then some. In order to write in the face of all the odds – and the odd looks your friends and neighbors give you – you are going to have to give something up – probably a number of things. Going from writing as a hobby to writing as a career, even the early stages of one, requires a dramatic shift in how you view yourself and your work.
For me, I had to give myself permission to write. And until I did that, the words didn’t come. I would self-censor, telling myself it was wrong to dream, impractical to spend so much time on something where successes are invisible and so personal they cannot be shared. Even when I convinced myself it was ok to write, I had to fight for each word I’d scribble down in my notebook. I kept slogging. Like anything, acceptance takes time. But now that I have come to a place where I can sit down, pen in hand, and not feel guilty, the words often come faster than I can write down, and I can’t help but love every minute of it.
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YES! I struggle with the same thing. But we're not alone! I feel a lot better knowing there are many other writers out there who can't seem to voice it. I feel like I need something to show for it because that's what everyone expects when you say you write. Aaargh, it's annoying, isn't it? Oh well. It's not a nonwriter's fault; he just doesn't understand the daily perseverance, rejection, craziness, and joy we deal with!
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Great post! That transition from hobby to career is hard, especially since the paycheck is exactly zero dollars. But congratulations on following your dream and giving yourself permission to write!
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