Being a writer is a real job. As with most home-based businesses, working out of a home office is not considered a “real job” to many people.
Just because I don’t commute to a bricks and mortar building every day, many people think that I just sit around all day watching television and munching bon-bons. They think that I am available for lengthy phone chats, lunches, shopping and movies during the day. After all, being self-employed, can’t I do whatever I please whenever I please?
I have lost friends because I have deadlines and obligations. One friend chastised me for not calling her every day and being available for lunch and house sale hopping several times a week like her other friends. I told her that I can’t take that time off because I’m building a career. De-friended! I thought that my best friend understood. She didn’t. She called out of the blue requesting that I attend a matinee and lunch with her the next day. I had to decline due to a business obligation and a deadline. I was called selfish and a lousy friend. The phone slammed in my ear. De-friended!
Family members get upset because I don’t want to get involved in long telephone conversations while working and because I can’t visit for hours at a time several days a week at their homes. After all, other family members have “real” jobs and can’t.
I’ve been told that I’m crazy weird because I don’t watch television. I don’t care about morning and afternoon talk shows, television series and award shows. After all, I don’t want to live vicariously through overpaid celebrities. I’m creating my own life. I don’t care about what the Kardashians are doing. Spare me!
Working so much on the computer garners criticism. Excuse me, this is an electronic world. Marketing, promotion, submitting, and writing are done on the computer. Yes, I conduct research, create articles and novels on the computer. I sometimes think that people believe that my articles and novels appear out of thin air. Do they think that I go to sleep and a completed manuscript has magically appeared?
Writing takes time and effort. You get what you put into it.
Yes, being a writer is work. Get over it!!!!!