May 13, 2017 isnoth5_wp

Life as a writer: expectations vs. reality

When coining a phrase is your bread and butter, it’s sometimes hard for people to take you seriously. When I tell people I make my living as a copywriter, I brace myself for one of two responses. The first is a casual eye roll and condescending shrug. Yeah right. Like that’s a real career. I have Microsoft word. I can type a few words onto a page and charge people for it. Or I guess nowadays, it’s more like: Yeah, you know there’s an app for that?

“sitting in cafes typing away furiously at a future masterpiece while sipping over-priced lattés”

The second, and more frequent response I come across, is the romantic ideals most people associate with writers – sitting in cafes typing away furiously at a future masterpiece while sipping over-priced lattés while regular Joes look on. Living the dream, right?

Unfortunately, both of these are far from the truth. So to set the record straight, I’m debunking a few of my favourite life-as-a-writer myths. Hopefully you will laugh. Hopefully it will shed some light on the perilous woes of the literary elite. Hopefully, if you are still studying, it’s not too late to change your major. And if you are a fellow writer reading this, my condolences. Hopefully you will have better luck in your next career.

 

So why do I do it? Because every now and then (between the long hours, ridiculous deadlines, thankless clients and indecipherable briefs) you get to do something great. Something you are proud of. Something that makes a difference.

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