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Writing – is it a job?

Most of the time I think that writing is a great thing to do. I love it, but I do fight the constant worry that it isn’t a ‘real’ job. I mean, I don’t get a regular wage and I don’t have to work 9-5 every week.

I should mention that my week can actually work out with longer hours and pulling a full 7-day week.

But I still can’t think of it as a ‘real’ job.


I was chatting to a random lady yesterday (I do that) and it turns out that she is a costume designer and creator. She says to me that she has to do all the family bits and bobs, like taking the cat to the vet and picking up kids, because she doesn’t have a ‘real’ job.

This sounded like writing.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Well, you know,” she said, “It’s because I work from home.” Then she grimaced. “But when I have a tight deadline on it can feel like I have too much to do. I’ve even had to say no to my family before now…”

She’d looked guilty then and I realised that I have felt the same. It isn’t often when I say no to having to do some kind of outing for friends or family. I just do it, no questions. No matter where I am with a book or how much work I have on.


Well, because in my own mind, I don’t have a real job. I work from home…

I thought that this feeling was because I write but it turns out that it is due to the fact that my office is in the back garden. There are loads of other cottage industries that feel the same.

Well, I have decided. Writing is a real job and I love what I do… Now if I can just stick to my guns and show everyone that it is…

That’s the tricky part.

4 thoughts on “Writing – is it a job?

  1. I totally get this. I work from home as a freelancer writer/content marketer. I love what I do, but I’ve often felt the same way about my work not being a real job. However, my mind has changed on this recently. I’ve decided that from no matter where I do my work from, or even what kind of work it is, it’s still work and therefore it’s still a job. I love that my office is in the comfort of my home and that I don’t have to fight traffic just to go sit behind the walls of somewhere else.

    1. I don’t miss the commute. My shed is at the bottom of the garden and the worst day is when I have to where wellies to get there because of the puddles. Don’t think I ever want to go back to the commute. 🙂

  2. It’s a job if you can live off it that’s the way I see it. I’m nowhere near that goal myself, and until I have finished editing my mansuscript I don’t even tell anyone I’ve written a book, because it isn’t finished. A book sounds final.
    But the key is if you enjoy it, because when it becomes a job it’ll be even sweeter.

    1. Mmmm… I’m almost there but I want to jump the gun and say it is my job. I don’t have another one so I think it’s okay for me to do. And I’m sure you will get there soon. Good luck with you editing. 🙂

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