Welcome back, Arrowheads! Today I’ll be going over Part 2 of the You’re Not Selfish for Wanting a Profitable Author Career series: The Double-Standard and the Misconception.
I respectively disagree with those that think it’s selfish to want to make a sustainable living from writing. Tell me, is a girl who loves arranging hair selfish for wanting to earn money as a cosmetologist? Is a guy who loves to draw selfish for wanting to make money as a graphic designer? Are the police selfish because they expect a paycheck for striving to keep our towns and counties safe? No. But somehow, people seem to think if someone loves writing, (or singing, playing an instrument, or making videos), that they’re selfish for wanting to make money from their passions. Why is there a double-standard?
The Misconception About Writing
Honestly, I think people who say artists who want to make sustainable careers out of their work are selfish say that only because they think artists don’t work as hard as people at typical 8 to 5 jobs. And that’s true in a physical sense. Physically, a writer does not work nearly as hard as say a welder, yet they exhaust their mental capabilities daily. Most people who don’t write, make music, or make video projects don’t realize how much actual work goes into producing our final products. All they see us doing is sitting behind a computer, singing a song, or pointing a camera around. I can’t speak for all authors, but next week, I’ll reveal a time log of what I work on to enhance my author career outside of my 8-5 job.
What are your thoughts? Have your author endeavors ever been labeled “lazy work” by people you know? Know you’re not alone, and continue to pursue your dreams!