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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?
THE WORKING WRITER…
I know what I think, but often that is so off kilter that I thought I’d better do an internet search to find out the rest of the world thinks.
Then I’ll argue my point of view as skewed as it is. *snort*
One website post suggested that anyone could determine if they were a writer if they read the ten suggested titles and stuck to a routine. Newbies drink this Kool-Aid—and they aren’t wrong—because we all know that the more we write the better we get.
But does that make us a working writer?
Chances are pretty good that you’re telling stories for other people to read and enjoy. If that’s true, then the bare bones truth is that you need to start thinking of yourself as not only an artist — but a business person.
Every writer owns a small business. We’re all start-ups.From Medium.com
Fine, if we produce something we can sell, we could call ourselves a small business. Does that earn anyone the title of working writer?
I don’t think it’s as simple as that.
However, I do agree that dragging something out of our imaginations and making it available for others to consume is being an artist.
FROM WRITER UNBOXED:
If you write, you are a writer. That’s pretty much how the definition works.
And you are a working writer.
The type of work you do, writing-related or otherwise, does not make you more or less legitimate. Starving does not make you better.What It Means to Be a Working Writer, March 4, 2019, By Greer Macallister
I wholeheartedly agree with Greer. People work in the home. They work in the yard. Not many determine if their work is of value by being paid. Raise a child. Mow the lawn. They simply have value.
The end result: a happy child playing on a nicely trimmed lawn.
I think I smell barbecue.
What was I saying?
Money has nothing to do with being a working writer. Time, effort, patience, digging deep are all the sure signs of what a working writer is all about. Writing is hard work. Putting down a sentence that means something is hard work.
Actually finishing a story—short or long—is hard work.
So if you ever wonder if you are a working writer, look at what you’ve accomplished in your writing career. Reread some of your work.
Remember: Not everyone can do what you do, but almost everyone can mow a lawn.
What do you think? Are you a working writer?