Also known as people with nice offices who’ve earned themselves the license to be patronising.
Dear Writer, if you encounter one of these — need not worry.
Gentleman that want to sound cool, will often drop that when they ask me
“So what do you do?”
“I’m a writer.”
“…Oh so you’re employed?”
“No I quit my corporate job to pursue my passion for writing.”
Not a great way to start a conversation, but for social reasons — it seems to be the topic of discussion to break the ice; “What do you do for a living?”
“I do nothing.”
End of conversation, move on.
You’re not worth my time, and I’m not going to bother burning brain cells.
I’d rather use those words as fuel for my next article…(which I am, currently).
Stand-up comedian friends of mine, seem to face the same dilemma.
They get the “…so you’re unemployed?” jab every now and then.
Except, well, they’re comedians.
And if there’s anything writers and comedians have in common is, your criticism is the fuel for our creative energy.
That’s our bread and butter; I’ll take that comment and turn it into something.
Because responding to someone I barely care about is futile.
But writing or joking about it is how I get these ideas from.
Negativity is a great thing, especially when used properly.
Why waste time and energy on arguing with someone who is taking a shallow jab at your career choice?
Don’t drop down to their level.
Take it and turn into a piece of writing.
Go ahead buy them a shot, actually buy them a few more; get them blackout wasted — take a photograph with them, exchange numbers; blackmail them weeks later.
Better yet, make sure they miss work on Monday.
Just kidding, don’t do that.
We’re no sociopaths, or are we?
Coming from a corporate background, rest assured — apart from shinny offices there isn’t anything classy about a corporate job.
There’s always a boss that thinks they’re above you, and there’s always some one aiming for you to make a mistake so they can snatch up your job.
Writers, are different — we like sharing and reading each other’s work.
Just look at Medium, I’ve never seen so much positivity in one place.
People don’t call me out on how I write, instead I’m given lovely testimonies everyday.
Even the criticism is eloquently written.
Which is why I’d take being an “unemployed writer” over “an empty corporate job” any day of the week.