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IWSG October – The Working Writer

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This month’s IWSG October optional question was to do with : When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you?

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October 7 question – When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

The working writer. This, to me, is where I want to be, a little further down the line.

The term looks to me as a person who makes their living from writing. It is their full-time (or near as damn it) job, and their main source of income.

Oh, how wonderful it sounds. And to anyone who can call themselves a working writer, I salute you, admire you and respect you.

From my modest writing career so far, becoming a full time, working writer is no easy task. I have so much respect (and not a small hint of jealousy) for anyone who makes a decent living from their writing. This business is hard – far harder than I ever thought – but man, it has its rewards. Even for the likes of me, a fledgling, wet-behind-the-ears novelist. And not a very good one, at that.

My full-time job has been hell recently. But as I slowly begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, my thoughts and time are turning back towards my writing. What I have been through these last few months (non-writing work related, not a certain pandemic) has strengthened my desire to earn a living from what I love – writing.

I may not be a very good writer, but I yearn to become one. Become the working writer. I suspect that it will be hard, if I do ever get there. And probably even harder to stay there. But one has to dream.

I would class myself currently as an aspiring working writer. I would dearly love to call myself a working writer, but that maybe is a dream just a little too far to reach.

I’d love to hear from anyone else in the same predicament and situation as me. The beauty of this group is it’s members – let’s all help each other.

And hopefully share in each others success, whenever that may come.

Stay safe.

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  • Steph W

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    I’m so tired of my husband referring to the light at the end of the tunnel I could burn down the entire tunnel! But I think that those of us who keep pushing towards the light are made of something stronger and perhaps there are others who can tell who we are and use us for it. Being in a job that takes advantage of you is tough, but that is why being a writer is a release. My characters are quite irritating at the moment, but I control them, so it is okay.

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