Your Day Job Doesn’t Define You: Being a Writer in Today’s World

Hey! It’s been a while, and I have a good excuse. I’ve been hard at work getting a new job as a substitute teacher, and I succeeded! My first official day is tomorrow šŸ™‚ One of the hardest things I struggle with as a writer is explaining that I am in fact a writer and published too. Most people ask me, “What do you do for a living?” And I’m stuck there thinking fuck, I’m officially at that age where people ask me that question. Before it was, “What is your major?” And that was an easy answer. Now I’m stuck here wondering how to tell people I have a career that pays me literally nothing.

A lot of people don’t understand that writers don’t make bank. We’re lucky if we even break even (my indie author friends will know that feeling). The same is said for freelance editors and literary agents. We all work day jobs. These day jobs are not our passions. At least not compared to our writing and publishing careers.

Whenever I respond with, “I’m a writer, and I published books.” I get asked, “But what do you really do?” That. THAT’S what I really do. Do you mean to ask what I do for money? A day job is just a means to an end and it does not define me. It’s not who I am. Everyone needs money to pay their bills. Everyone needs a roof over their head, clothes, food, health insurance, etc. My way of getting those things is not who I am, though. The same goes for everyone else. This is why you don’t see on people’s tombstones that they were a Cashier at KFC. It’ll say something like: Wife, mother, friend.

Getting this new job made me really think about who I am as a person. Humans like to use labels because it helps us. Spiritual people will say how it’s wrong, but it really is useful in this life we live. Some labels are just more freeing than others. And let’s be honest, those spiritual people are using labels too. They just don’t realize it šŸ˜› It’s impossible to avoid them in this world of ours.

So who am I? I’m not a substitute teacher. I’m not someone with a BA degree. I’m none of that. I’m a person who enjoys reading philosophy and writing fictional stories based around universal truths in order to bring humanity closer together. That’s who I am. Just a person with a passion, and I cater my life around that passion.

Who are you?