Why do some of us harbour so much shame about being a writer?
Why is it so hard to admit sometimes that in your spare time you sit alone and make up stories?
Why are we sometimes ashamed or reluctant to own the phrase, ‘I am a writer.’
I have spent YEARS hiding, disguising and squirrelling my writing passion away. I have cringed at the thought of hearing myself say, ‘I write in my spare time,’ and don’t get me started on trying to justify a day spent in PJs, sat at a laptop with nothing to show for myself, but 3,567 words and a goofy smile. I have felt myself shrivelling up inside at the thought that I spend most weekends, ‘making stuff up,’ and worse still, I am ‘unpublished’ so no books on Amazon to make myself feel better about what I do.
I did all this until one day, a colleague at work who had read my blog said, ‘you should be proud of what you do.’
At this point my jaw was starting to drop.
‘You’re following your dreams, not many people have the courage to do that.’
Their words pinged around my head.
Yes, I am following my dreams. One day I will be stood clutching my first published or self published novel, tear-stained and flushed. I can’t wait for this special day.
Not many people have the courage to follow their dreams. Chasing a writing dream requires commitment, hard work and having the strength of mind to say no to all the other stuff life is throwing you. It is about being brave.
When it comes to writing a book I see a lot of people in my social media news feed labelling themselves as, ‘wannabe novelists’ or interested in attending a creative writing course because ‘one day they will write their book.’ I have asked one or two ‘wannabe novelists,’ and the response I got back from all was, ‘I don’t have the time right now.’ Is that true or do they not possess the bravery to stop what they are doing and follow their dreams?
Yes I spend most of my weekends, making stuff up, but at least I am out there, running after a dream. I am doing something I love in my spare time and I am proud of what I do.
What I have started to come to terms with is that writing is not just about creating stories. Writing makes you take risks and step outside of your comfort zone. It keeps you unique and stops you from simply following the status quo. It keeps you thinking big, makes you feel alive and one day your writing might make a difference to a reader’s life.
The world needs our stories.
You should be totally owning the phase, ‘I am a writer.’
Be proud of what you do. At least you have the courage to do what you love.