The TED Talk for writers who can't afford conferences
By a writer who really loves Netflix
When you leave the conventional working life, you do so out of passion for your creative work, dismay by co-workers' morale and with a pish posh at past supervisors' mandates about the hours you work.
"The thing is, I'm my own person!" you slur to friends, family, the dog and anyone/thing that will listen, your mouth searching for the sweating drink's straw. "It's time for me to run my life." (By the way: They aren't rolling their eyes at your working life; they're rolling their eyes at you. Stop saying and start doing, for Pete's sake. (Poor Pete, always being dragged into our exasperation.))
So then. Why aren't you running your writing life? You're spending at least an hour a day trolling that writing group you joined on Facebook, cheering on others' wins and supporting those who struggle with motivation. The latter, dollface, is you.
You're lazy, and it isn't a good look.
You aren't a writer if you aren't writing. That's literally (not figuratively; you did study English and Creative Writing enough to know this distinction; also that between Dr. Frankenstein and his monster) the only truth that matters right now. The reason it's what matters is because you cannot keep meeting friends for "drinks" and only ordering free water to hear them complain about their jobs and yourself proclaim you're a writer. It just won't do, you liar-liar-pants-on-fire.
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