When I was in university, my computer science classmates would say: “Oh, she’s the artist.” but my fine arts classmates would refer to me as: “Oh, she’s the programmer.” My family still still call me: “Oh, she’s the dancer.” and some of my friends think of me as: “Oh, she’s the crafty one.”
For some reason, writer never made the list.
Very few people know that I am a writer. Even my dear E thinks this is just another phase. I have taken up numerous hobbies over the years, obsessed over them, and tired of them, but I’ve never thought of writing as a hobby. It has always simply been a part of who I am.
I don’t tell people I’m a writer. This has been on my mind for a while, and Ollin’s post had me wondering, why not?
Is it because of a lack of proof? I have not yet published anything to my name. All I have are files on my computer, and this website to show for it.
Is it because it’s not the answer people want to hear? Whenever someone asks me “What do you do.” I always answer with my day job. My day job does not define who I am, but it’s what is expected. Writing rarely comes up in conversation.
Is it fear? I’ve never been good at sharing things that mean a lot to me, and writing cuts close to the core. My dreams of going into a creative occupation were crushed early in life. I felt the pressure to do something sensible, and so I went into computers. My creative efforts were always questioned, and still are. I don’t mention writing to my family, because unless I have some success to show for it, I’m always made to feel like creativity is a waste of my time.
Do you tell people that you are a writer? Do you feel it’s important to?