I’m sure every author and aspiring author hears this. “Writing is a waste of time.” “You’ll never make any money.” “Get a real job.” “No one will read it.”
So, why do I write? For myself. I do it for purely selfish reasons. I’ve been developing this story of mine for 14 years, and I am in the process of writing it. I want to finish this book, and read it. Because I want to write what I want to read. So, how do I address these comments?
Writing is a waste of time.
No, it’s not. It’s my free time I’m using to write, so I guess it’s like a hobby. Hobbies do something for people, they help reduce stress, they help increase enjoyment, they help improve mental health. It all helps me be a better person. That is not a waste of time. It doesn’t matter if I never publish (I will self-publish at least, though), all that matters is that I write this book for myself.
You’ll never make any money.
I’m pretty confident I’ll make a little money, but no money? With the amount of time I spend promoting this book, a book that’s nowhere near finished, I’m pretty sure people will buy it. Many? I don’t know. I can hope.
No one will read it.
Actually, people have already read what’s on my official page. So, no one can say that no one will read it.
Get a real job.
I have one, thanks. Writing is unlikely to be my primary job. I have a full time job, and that is what supports me and my family. It’s also what gives me a limited time to write.
So, authors and aspiring authors, what comments annoy you?