I’m a writer. Unfortunately, I’m not the kind of writer that I would like to be. While I’ve always dreamed of being a full-time novelist… I’m not quite there yet. Instead, I work as a full-time copywriter. Like many others, I have a corporate overlord. Fortunately, our overlords are kind enough. I’ve been allowed the opportunity to work remotely, and when I do travel to our office, everyone is kind and welcoming. But, I digress.
The Wrong Kind of Writer
There’s a feeling I get sometimes, that the writing I’m paid to put out is subpar. Who knows, it may be. My clients seem to enjoy it, and what I’ve written ranks relatively well when it comes to SEO optimization. But still. It’s not the kind of writing I dreamed of as a child. It’s not the kind of writing I pictured when I enrolled in a professional writing program at university. It’s okay, but it’s not right.
I’m sure there are plenty of writers that go through this. Not everyone can be a full-time novelist, bragging to their friends about having appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list. While I would love to be so fortunate, I’m not quite there yet. Maybe one day, but today, unfortunately, is not that day.
Being the Right Kind of Writer
Since taking a job in the corporate world, I’ve often wondered – will I ever become a real writer? The kind I dreamt of in the second grade? The kind of writer that I’ve always longed to be? I would like to think that with plenty of hard work and perseverance, I can certainly achieve such a status. It’s just getting there that’s a problem.
I’m in the midst of writing a novel, and I have to admit that the hardest part is sitting down to write. I spend 40 hours a week writing, and adding more to it can be daunting. I often see writers posting on Instagram, reveling in their just finished writing session. Oh, how I’d love to do the same.
Finding my Stride as a Novelist
I’ll get there. I know I will. Plenty of writers have worked full-time jobs, while successfully nurturing their career as a novelist. I’ll do the same. I know I will. I’ve made enough promises to myself to have confidence that one day, I’ll be the kind of writer that I’ve always dreamed of.