"The idea that you don't get a room to work in is the same as the idea that writing isn't work."
@neilhimself is dropping the mic on this. People want to trivialize what we do all of the time. Growing up when asked "what are you going to be when you grow up?" Or "what are you going to do for work?" "What will be your job?" I always replied the same: "I'm going to be a published author." And more often than not the response would be "but what are you REALLY going to do?"
Even with a long list of writing credits, trivializing is often the response, and sadly, from those closest to us at times. Before the thousands of hours I clock writing, I clock thousands of hours beforehand researching for said book. Research trips, while fun, are not vacations. I have to keep every single receipt and itemize every expense. It's a long list of to-do's that leaves little time for relaxing, and if there is a book signing in that trip, it's hustling every day and turning on the charm and smiles to locals when you might not have the energy.
What we do often gets regulated to a hobby because the majority of people only write for themselves and not with any direct line of purpose. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Having an office, having a separate space--a sacred space where the door can be closed, where I can be surrounded by what inspires me, and allows me to leave this world and to step into others is essential and something as a kid, years from publication, I always dreamed about one day having. Like any other job I keep office hours because though it is my vocation, it is also my career. What we do is not trivial or fanciful. It is work, solitary, time consuming, and demanding work. Don't let anyone tell you differently.
So who’s currently on your must read list? Right now I’m reading “The Hallowed Ones” by @laura.bickle I love the switch in POV. I’ve never once thought about what the Amish would be going through during the apocalypse but now I can’t stop thinking about it haha