The writer emerges

When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’m tempted to cop out and refer to my previous career or give my professional title, which I still consider valid. Then, the inquisitive enquirer will want to know where I work, how I spend my day and, in a moment of awkwardness, I would have to confess that career is abandoned, not by choice, but life dealt me the wrong card and it’s gone, the job I loved.

I used to mutter the word writer. “Oh,” came the bemused response, unsure what to say next. It’s not what they’re expecting. I don’t say author, because then they’ll want to know what I’ve published and I’ve nothing to tell them… yet.

It’s not as if I can show my work in progress – I’d like to keep it under wraps until it looks worthy of attention, plus there’s the pesky copyright issue.

I have another blog, it’s private and there sit my draft chapters, the research garnered, links created to ideas, pictures for inspiration, and it’s all hidden from view.

Feeling a little left out of the word of authors and writers who share and explore ideas, I’ve created this blog to help me connect and come out of my isolation  bubble. I won’t be duplicating the content on the other blog, though I might share snippets of my work in progress to help illustrate the musings of an emerging author.

Now, when people ask me what I do during the day, when my children are at school and my husband is immersed in the art of writing code, I say I’m learning to write, discovering what it takes to be an author, and contemplating the scary process of publishing a novel.

It’s a more a genuine answer.  I don’t expect I shall ever stop learning, so this blog could be here for a while.

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5 comments

  1. Hi there, this post reflects a lot of my own thoughts and feelings in relation to being an author, as well as my own intention in starting a blog. We are not alone (:

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  2. Yup – another one here.
    I hope your blog stays around for a while; I shall look forward to keeping up with it.

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  3. Blogging is a great way of practicing the art of writing, connecting with other writers and readers. Look forward to following your journey.

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  4. I never tell people I spend my spare time writing. I don’t even tell them I wrote a book, because when I do I can see their eyes get this little insignificant glaze over them, and I know they are thinking, “Oh, she wrote a book – now she is going to spend the next 15 minutes telling me about this book, and it probably sucks and is some kind of weird dystopian romance, and I really don’t want to stand here and listen to that.” So I don’t say a word. People that don’t blog and don’t interact with others that write just don’t understand how many great, unpublished writers are out there.
    PS. I love this post!!!!

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