Thanksgiving is now gone (for which some may be quite thankful) for another year…
The family dinners are coming to a close. Who needs to hear this? I’m so proud of you for pursuing your writing. Y… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Jenna Grinstead (@Storiestobe) November 29, 2019
And if you write, you may have gotten the “3rd degree.” That led me to offer a “thread” on Twitter in response to that tweet. Since only about “six” people read my (still very new) Twitter, I thought I’d note it here – the center of my authoring universe! – too.
My experience is family is unlikely to be supportive. Like it or not, our world measures worth largely by an activity’s ability to put a roof over our head. If writing does not, it’s a hobby…
My (now late, crime novelist) uncle DID put a roof over his head writing. Yet my mom and grandma were often STILL on at him over it. It was such a “weird” and “uncertain” way to earn a living – and that’s being polite. Thanksgivings were often hilarious:
“Everyone writes books now”: In an innocent and not nasty way, an elderly aunt said that to me a few years back. In a way, she was right. I do make some money doing this, but not enough honestly to call it a job.
Therefore, it is a hobby. I don’t expect family to be supportive of it as a hobby any more than I would if I collected stamps or spent time with model trains. So I don’t talk about it with family.
If I ever do earn “lots” of money, well, writing will then have a “true” worth on some level to them. But I suppose, as it was for my uncle, it might still be “weird” and “uncertain.”
In fact, many of my family have no idea I write books. I also use some of them as character/story inspirations. So I’m HAPPY those who may know about them are also uninterested in my books. Long may their ignorance and disinterest continue! I don’t want them reading my books! LOL!
And if some of them who don’t know about them now ever do read them (“That’s me I’m sure, you sneaky b-stard!”), I may at a future Thanksgiving table get cranberry sauce thrown at me. LOL!
Happy weekend, wherever you are. 🙂