|Seriously. This is not what I do all day.|
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What do people see when you tell them you are a writer?
Option 1: You in your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers at 2 in the afternoon, sitting at your desk and playing solitaire.
Option 2: You in your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers at 2 in the afternoon, sitting on your couch and watching reruns of Judge Judy.
Option 3: You in your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers at 2 in the afternoon, lying in your bed and taking your second nap of the day.
What exactly is it that we do? Does anyone know?
If writing is your full time occupation, are you somehow lazier than your counterparts who get up and drive into the city wearing high heels or a tie? Does planting butt in chair and allowing words to stream from your brain into your fingers, regardless of whether they are fictional or researched, make your work less serious? Is it playtime, all the time, when you write?
I know it isn't for me. It's been almost a year since I looked at my options and decided that making a go of freelance writing was the best decision. I don't regret that. But I wonder how I'm seen through the eyes of the people who know me.
I work hard most days. My daily schedule is filled in from morning until about 9 pm. I write in my breaks. Just because my work is flexible doesn't mean it's less important. I've come a long way in the last twelve months.