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.
5. 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.
5. 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
There’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!