Weekend Edition – Writing is My “Real” Job

I am smiling halfway down the article because at the start of the year I decided to take on writing full-time for a three-month period and walk away from my 9-5. I remember one morning looking over my goals and there it was, “I want to be a writer.” It was at that moment that I realized I am a writer!

Since that brain fart, when someone asks me what do I do for a living, I say without any hesitation, “I am a writer!” Yes, I am back to working a 9-5 but that doesn’t make me any less of a writer.

Your article is spot on!

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“Real” is overrated.

pin opinion and perspectiveWhen someone asks what you do, how do you answer? Does the label “writer” trip lightly off the tip of your tongue, or do you keep that identity to yourself and instead talk about your day job? It seems like a small thing, but how we “label” ourselves  – to others and in our own minds – has a big impact on what we believe about ourselves and how we behave.

I actually do make my living as a writer, but the writing that pays my bills is not, in my estimation, “real” writing. When asked what I “do,” I usually say that I’m a messaging strategist and content marketer (and, then I have to explain what the heck that means). Even after nearly a decade of stringing one word after another for cold, hard cash, I still hesitate to grant myself the honorary title of “writer.”…

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing, and good for you for holding on to your identity as a writer even though you decided to go back to the 9 to 5. (Side note: Many famous writers have held down 9 to 5 jobs throughout their writing careers. Some say it’s the best way to balance things.) 🙂

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