But taking all this in has brought on a brand new insecurity for me. This solid, actionable advice is usually couched amid language like, "How to make a living at writing." And I realized ... I ... I don't aspire to make a living from my writing.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all in for doing what I can to help readers find my books, and if a living's-worth of royalties ever drops on top of me, I'll gladly accept every dime. But I don't want to devote myself full time to writing and marketing. I just don't. I like having a job that's separate from my fiction writing, and I like the freedom to blow off writing and marketing for big chunks of time.
Is that okay? Am I still a writer even if I don't aspire to ever be full-time at it? Or am I just a slacker?
And now for the two-part IWSG question of the month!
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer?
Professor Burbage and the Potions Master, a novel-length Harry Potter fanficiton. The embarrassing thing is, I wrote it before I learned that fanfiction was even a thing.
Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
Lucky for me, fanficiton is a thing! Burbage lives over at fanfiction.com, The beginning of the sequel is there, too - which I fully intend to finish one day.
This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavanaugh.
This month's co-hosts: