Writers have to maintain a web presence, be it blogging on Twittering or Facebooking or Tumblring, and one of the simplest ways for authors to blog, Tweet, Facebook, and Tumbl is to complain. We complain about deadlines and about writers block and about how much we need chocolate and how painful it is to kill our darlings. And you know what? Yeah, it’s kind of hard. But you know what is harder? Real jobs.
To quote Dan Aykroyd from Ghostbusters: “You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private sector… they expect results!”
The thing is I’ve worked in the private sector. I think a lot of writers have worked in the private sector and they fled it as soon as they possibly could, because writing full time–even when getting less money and terrible benefits–is a better life than working for the private sector.
That’s why I find so much of the cultural ephemera that surrounds authors to be not only silly but often downright offensive. Signs like “Writer at Work–Only Disturb if You Want to Be Written Into My Next Book” seem so incredibly ungrateful: you’re living the dream! You’re a writer! Maybe you’re not getting as much money as you want, but you’re getting the pleasure of loving your job! Think about what percentage of people can say that they really love their job–it’s small, tiny probably. And you’re doing it!