3 Shades of Writer

You know, working full time can be tiring. I suppose even for a creative writer or aspiring creative writer financial responsibility is a real responsibility, something which must be taken on, but a job certainly can take your whole focus off of writing and onto the job.

It’s far more relaxing to just come home after being out of the house for 10 hours and just eat, read, watch TV, talk with friends, and go to sleep. (Personally, I would rather chip in my half hour of painting and 15 minutes or so of writing every night.) For artists, it’s a work that’s never finished (as cheesy as that sounds.) It’s a work of joy that must go on, no matter what anybody says.

Even if those closest around you do not support what you do, it doesn’t matter. Even if they do not like what you’re doing or don’t believe in what you’re doing, keep going. Keep writing and enjoy it. I don’t think the joy of words and stories should ever be diminished.

As for working a job and wanting to write creatively as well, it begs the question: do creative writers fail when they get a “real” job? Do they cop out and fail in faith to achieve their dreams? Well, here’s another question: Since when in history have famous writers been solely writers their whole lives? They were farmers, professors, doctors, and more. There are some who had also been called to be solely authors (Enid Blyton, Brandon Sanderson, etc.) There are some who just enjoy creative writing as a hobby and create a mystery novel like someone fitting a chair together from a kit from IKEA. At the same time, our future is unknown. “Thy name is writ in water,” said John Keats.