It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. If you're a writer, join in!
Over the summer, the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter seemed to take over the sizable writing community on Twitter. It even got the notice of Time.com:
Novelists, journalists, and freelancers from all backgrounds joined in to share their frustrations. It was amazing how passionate people were about the topic.
As a full-time freelancer and novelist, I've heard it all. From "Since you aren't working..." to "We'd love to have you write for us. We can't afford to pay, but it's great exposure."
(We make fun of people who say that last one in the freelance writing community, by the way!)
In the middle of all of this, I was at a writer's event, speaking to a fellow writer. She's just starting out in her career, having published her first novel only recently. I was telling her about my own journey and mentioned how many times I was rejected when I was writing romance.
"Really?" she said. "I wouldn't think any romance novel would ever be rejected."
The way she wrinkled her nose made it clear...romance was beneath her. I knew exactly who she was in that moment.
The sad thing is, romance novelists work hard at the craft. They spend years honing their writing skills and learning to craft the perfect story. More than a billion dollars each year is spent on romance novels.
Some of the ONLY writers I know who are able to afford to write full-time without supplementing their income are romance novelists. Yet every time I post about it, someone in the comments section says, "They're all trash." Most of them haven't glimpsed the inside of a romance novel in at least a decade...they just have this stereotype:
So that's my #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. What's yours?