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Do you ever ask yourself if you are still a writer?
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Yes, of course I do. In the middle of publishing something I’d ask myself this question. This comes with the inevitable imposter syndrome most writers experience at some point in the course of their career. Not at all unexpected with my number of years grinding away. I’ve learned to accept that if I am doing the writing, then I am a writer. How I may or may not publish isn’t the caveat.
The better question is: do those who know me still think of me as a writer? I don’t think the majority of them ever did. The way they brush me aside or humor me about writing suggests doubt in my skills while doing my chosen vocation. Well, picture the surprise if they stopped listening to the narrative running in their head and gave one of my narratives a go!
Since the birht of my daughter, the struggle for time has worsened. I already work a full time job to support our needs (rent, food, etc). That takes up the majority hours of my days. Once home, my focus turns to my child, who is still very young and very much needs my focus on her. My priorities are clear. Still, I lament not doing the work on my current novel. Yet, I know that when I do find time, the manuscript rested and I can really apply all that I have learned in the meantime about writing well. Fresh eyes and honed skills can only make the book better! Professional development is something I keep up regularly, as my day job requires my editor and other writing skills. Plenty of practice has kept that itch scratched. Of course, I long for more creative work over the non-fiction kind.
My degrees in writing are what afforded me two great positions that have put my small family in a much improved place. My employer utilizes these skills daily and I am proud of the work that I do for them. The respect for my knowledge and ability has gone a long way to healing my heart, mind, and soul from all the former experiences that made me fell far less than capable. Recognition, even outside of my genre, is the recognition necessary to keep up the fight!
Also, I should state that my five published novels gained me my positions and that recognition mentioned above. They openly attributed the books as reasons for my hire. These manuscripts on my resume serve as proof writ large for prospective employers. The skills sharpened by those projects easily adapt to the non-fiction topic. After all, when writing for work, they simply require clear, precise, and concise language that won’t be twisted by the recipients.
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