The reason I wanted to write this post steams from the fact that my dream of being a fiction author is barely, if at all, supported by family. I suspect it’s because it’s not a 9 to 5 job were the paycheck is predictable and guaranteed. I just want to say this to all the people who doubt writers, freelancers, entrepreneurs or any occupation that relies on God given ability;
Get off my back. I got this.
I don’t say that to be funny and I know deep down my family just want what’s best for me. We never came from money and when we have an opportunity to make big bucks as a lawyer or a doctor they jump on the encouragement wagon. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being a doctor or lawyer or banker it’s just something I don’t want to do.
I want to write because I’m a writer. There’s no getting around it.
Trust me there is nothing wrong with an hourly job and I don’t know what I’d be doing without mine. A job pays the bills and gives me food so I have the energy to write. I just don’t want to be working for someone else my entire life. That’s not me.
Who am I?
I’m very independent, smart, motivated and gifted. I would rather spend my life showing my talent than my entire life working for someone else.
What did I tell my family I was doing in college?
I told them the truth. Well, mostly the truth. I want to become a published author and have three books out in the next two years (the two years before I graduate). I hope to have a nice income from them with the help of promotion and book reviews but I know I should have a “regular” job as well just to be sure I can live.
I told them my regular job would be an editor. Yes, I love writing but I love reading what other people have written and spotting errors throughout their work. I even find them in already published books (I get the urge sometimes to email their editor with the errors I noticed but I didn’t work to seem like that petty reader).
They are important you know. I used to think writing was always supposed to be a “side thing” until I turned 7 and realized there were actually people making a living off what they wrote. I was so excited. I knew I wanted to be a writer. Until the hard truth came in…not everyone got published. Not everyone made it to the big bucks and not everyone could be an author.
It really crushed me. The one thing I wanted to be more than anything wasn’t even likely to happen. I was around ten at the time. After that, when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I didn’t have an answer for them. I felt lost and confused. I knew what I wanted and I knew I couldn’t get it. So why want something I couldn’t have?
I did though. I still wanted to be a writer even though I knew I probably couldn’t do it. Fast-forward many years later there is a new discovery with self-publishing. This breakthrough which is filled with smashwords, createspace, lulu and the like makes being a published author so much easier. We, the writers, take control of the process, earn more money and work ten times harder
I think being a self published author is worth it though. It makes you independent, it gives the opportunity to learn new skills like self-editing (before it goes to a pro), marketer, layout designer, cover designer, etc.
Being a self publisher empowers you. You can do it. No matter what anyone else says and thinks. This is because your dreams do matter and you don’t have to have a 9 to 5 or be a doctor or nurse or lawyer to make your family happy. Cause guess what? If you’re doing what you love you are happy. And your happiness can make someone else happy and believe in their dreams like you.
Just so you know. I am a very happy person. Yes, I not published yet but yes I will be. I don’t underestimate myself and I don’t like to compare my success to other people. I’m my own person and if I want the success they have I need to start within myself.
Why can’t I have dreams that might seem like a stretch to other people?
Why can’t I have success like other self publishers have?
Why can’t I?
I couldn’t think of an answer for why I can’t and neither can you. Because you can. We all can we just have to do the work. A lot of work.
So I think we all should ignore the people who put down our dreams, think we’re crazy and wasting our time and prove them wrong. That’s the only way to really make people understand.
Prove your haters wrong and they can’t say nothing.
Thanks for taking the time to hear me rant. I hope you overcome every obstacle you come across on your writing journey.