Okay, the title of this post is somewhat misleading. However, it perfectly illustrates the point of this post, which was inspired by another silly comment I overheard. Or is that oversaw?
I sometimes wonder why I hang out on writing sites. Some of them are good. Some of them are bizarre. I lurk a lot so I hear things. Funny things. Strange things.
This week’s bizarre overheard statement was that people who write while having a day job don’t write as well as those who write full-time.
I absolutely disagree with this very bizarre statement.
Yes, it’s true. I have a full, busy, wonderful life — writing books. I am a full-time writer. I also make my living writing books. Not because I’m rich, but because people actually like what I write. Sure, I do have a part-time day job because my husband and I enjoy having health insurance (we have to pay our own way in the world, the government doesn’t take care of us). That does not make me any less a full-time writer. I put in over 40 hours a week at the keyboard. Besides, I like getting out of the house a few times a week. It does a body good. 😉
However, I wasn’t always a full-time writer. Nope. I managed to write several bestselling books as a part-time writer. I know a lot of other authors out there for whom writing is not the only thing they do day-in and day-out and they, too, have bestselling books out there. One of my friends is the mother of five very active boys. She has a part-time day job, runs a publishing house, cuts hair for people, and still manages to write bestselling romance novels on top of that.
I have about fifty more stories like this. No. Successful writers write well, they’re prolific, and if they’re writing NF, they know their shit inside and out.
So the statement that only writers who write full time are any good at it, or are the only ones able to produce quality material, is both hysterical and surprisingly naïve. Not to mention horribly inaccurate. But then considering the source, I’m not surprised. 😉
While our full time writer (the one who thinks she’s so much better than everyone else) spends this evening thinking about writing, I’m going to actually go do some. Have a great night! Thanks for reading my ramblings.