What if I Stopped Being a Writer?

I Quit!

In any role I’m sure that we’ve all contemplated no longer doing that job.

This usually happens when we’re having a bad day, things aren’t going right, we lack confidence in our ability or we hate our boss. All this applies to being a writer. We even hate our bosses too. That would be ourselves just in case you’re wondering.

You may be the perfect little writer who oozes literary genius through your pores, akin to my sweaty Betty-like expiration in the summer.

You may never have wanted to do anything but write and have  doubted your ability to do so. All I can say to you is, ‘get off my planet, you freak’.

For the rest of us who’ve had more than a moment of, ‘I quit being a writer’, this one’s for you. I

f we really did quit writing, how would it balance out?

The Pros if I Stopped Being a Writer

1.I’d never have to edit or revise anything I write ever again.

2. I’d never have to buy another book telling me how to write ever again.

3. I’ll never have to be on social media to market myself and my works ever again.

4. My husband will never have to endure me wailing about what a crap writer I am ever again.

What if I stopped writing? - freedom5. I’ll never get typing cramp in my fingers ever again.

6. I can tell the 3am ideas mill which wakes me up, that I’m no longer taking writing requests.

7. I’d never moan about writing ever again.

8. My brain will be able to process other stuff rather than being consumed by writing.

9. I could stop being a Grammar Nazi.

10. No one would ask me to check their writing pieces whilst basically expecting me to write the thing for them.

11. I don’t have to face beta readers and go through the stress of waiting for them to give their opinions on my work.

12. I will no longer have to tell strangers who ask what my job is that I’m a writer and then feel I have to justify my existence, how I spend my time, and my choices, because they think all writers are lazy gits.

The Cons if I Stopped Being a Writer

1.I edit my freaking shopping list so it’s not like editing will never occur again.

2. I’d buy self-help books instead of how to write books, and we all know how dangerous that can be.

3. I’ll have to find a legit reason for being on social media now I don’t have a book to sell, a blog to promote, or my writerly presence known.

4. I will have to wail at the husband about my other 101 perceived inadequacies instead of what a crap writer I am.

What if I stopped writing? - purpose5. I’d probably take up another hobby such as knitting and still get cramp in my fingers.

6. Instead of being woken up at 3am with writing ideas, I’ll probably develop dream fatigue where all my ideas will play out as I’m sleeping.

7. I’d find a whole lot more things to moan about rather than just my sole focus of writing.

8. My brain will shrivel up and die because it thrives on writing stuff.

9. Who am I kidding? I’ve always been a Grammar Nazi, writer or not.

10. Oh crap. I used to be an English teacher so people will still ask me to check their writing pieces for them.

11. I will never have the buzz ever again of a beta reader telling me how much they loved my work.

12. I will no longer have the fun of telling strangers that I’m a writer and making them feel jealous that I’m either doing what they’ve always wanted to do or that I’m not stuck in a job I hate.

The Verdict is in

What if I stopped writing? - onwards and upwardsThere’s no balance here at all really, is there? The pros have it.

I may whinge, whine, and wail that I cannot do this writing business when it’s not going well but when it’s good, it’s oh so very good.

I have spent years stuck in various dead-end jobs that I hated with a fiery passion.

I have worked for arsehole bosses who treated me like dirt. I’ve dreaded getting out of bed in the morning having to face another day of job purgatory. I can honestly say that since I started writing I’ve never been through any of these things.

So writing it is. I’ll continue.

I’ll probably have the odd gripe about it but I know this is what I’m meant to be doing. Remind me of this possibly tomorrow when I’m handing in my notice to myself.

Over to You!

What keeps you writing? What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Share with me in the comments and help me to feel less of a freak!

About Lisa Sell

Lisa Sell is a fiction writer and blogger. When not wrestling with words she can be found showing the love for chocolate, cheese, coffee, the cat, and the Husband. Not particularly in that order.

17 comments on “What if I Stopped Being a Writer?

  1. If I didn’t write, I could no longer force my kids to go on research trips with me to old castle ruins and such. I suppose I’d have to become a check out lady at the local Lidl so I could at least still justify watching weird people …

    1. Ha ha! My poor husband gets dragged on excursions for my writing research!

      Working in a supermarket would be gold for people watching. Have to say though, I did it when I was younger and it is mind-numbingly dull. You also find out what a bunch of arses some of the general public can be. Good writing fodder though.

      Thanks for commenting Lisa.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Does writing feel like ‘a job’?
    Oh dear. It does mean your heading to the danger zone, be ware! Long time ago, before I started writing, I turned my hobby into my daily job. Great success! Paid for what I would do any way. Respect….
    However, after 30Y it feels like I lost my hobby. Strangled it with my own bare hands.
    Don’t let that happen to your writing. Don’t kill thát darling.

    Writing should be something essential to your being. Like, for example, like eating/drinking.
    You can’t (shouldn’t) have champagne with every meal. 😢
    I love the taste of self baked fresh bread, though I know I can not leave all for the dishwasher, some chores are always left to do myself.

    1. I view writing as a job that luckily I love. I made a commitment to do it as my vocation. I think you can live and breathe writing as well as treating it as an occupation. I’ve lost none of my passion for it since I’ve made it so.

      I guess we’re all different and that’s what makes the writing world so interesting.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. It is an occasional thought, to return to the lazy weekends of laying in bed all day watching movies. Luckily these past couple of years the quality of movies has plummeted!
    But seriously I wouldn’t know what to do with myself anymore if I didn’t write away the hours 🙂

  4. There’s not enough hours in the day to write, but I squeeze it in anyway. I hope one day I can swap the job I can’t stand to the one a love….my writing.

  5. If I didn’t write I would spend too much money on something to fill the void. My brain would also risk exploding as writing helps me work through my whirling mind. I also would have no reason to use the word synonymous 😂😂

    1. Not being able to use the word, synonymous, is a good enough reason in itself.

      I know what you mean about the whirling mind. I wonder how I functioned before I began writing. My poor brain was doing overtime without the outlet!

      Thanks for commenting, Nicki.

  6. you had me laughing out loud because those are some of my feelings, and I also realised that I correct my children daily! no matter how I feel at times though I do get a feeling of accomplishment that I dont get from anything else though. thanks for sharing.

    1. It is a unique feeling of satisfaction. I think it’s because it’s ours; our creativity and imagination.

      Thanks for commenting, Jiselle.

  7. “I will no longer have to tell strangers who ask what my job is that I’m a writer and then feel I have to justify my existence, how I spend my time, and my choices, because they think all writers are lazy gits.”

    I thought I was the only one to experience this, haha. Sometimes, I pretend to be working in a different profession to avoid interrogation. I feel guilty when I do this.

  8. As someone who still dreads getting out of bed in the morning to face another day of job purgatory … feel blessed. I have to squeeze my writing in when I can.

    But you simply can’t stop writing. There’s something about a pact with the devil in the small print when you start.

    1. I know I’m fortunate to be able to write full-time but I must say that it’s definitely hard work too. I think I work harder with my writing than I ever did with my mainstream jobs. I do sympathise with writers who work full-time and need to find the time to write.

      All the best with your writing, Alyson.

  9. I want to write something urged from my mind which l wish to share with others. If I don’t write nothing will happen.It will rest in my heart only like a ……

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