OCTOBER 7 QUESTION - When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?
Prior to retirement, I worked as writer all my life, writing for industry and education. I have a degree in journalism and communications. I wrote grants, curricula, advertisements, public relations and news releases, copy for radio, television, and newspapers, etc.
Now, I consider myself a fiction writer and author with over ten published fictional works besides representation in various anthologies. But I must admit, I prefer not to label myself as working, aspiring or hobbyist. A writer is simply someone who writes text. What I find most refreshing about my current writing situation is that I don't have time constraints or deadlines to answer to. It's cool to be your own boss!
And let's remember this ongoing, ancient question: Why do writers write? Answer: Writers write because they just can't not write. It's an itchy, innate drive we have--a need to create and express ourselves via the written word.