Writing and Making Money

Okay, romance writers, is it just me or do you always feel the need to tell people what you do to “make money”? So, here’s the conversation I continually have with people:

Them: So, what are you studying?

Me: I’m studying English and Library Science.

Them: Cool. So what do you want to do after you graduate?

Me: I want to be a romance novelist.

Them: *blank stares, awkwardness, disbelief, dismissal*

Me: But, I’ll probably be a librarian or go into research or something with archives…to make money.

Every. Single. Time. It’s ingrained in me to explain away my dream because I’m worried that people will hear the word “novelist” or “writer” and automatically think that I’m going to fail miserably.

I used to be afraid to tell people that I want to write novels, let alone romance novels, but now I’m not. I’m proud of it. But I am afraid that people are going to see me as a failure. What makes me even sadder, is that it makes me sound like I’m ragging on the library side of things. Like I’m almost saying that it’s not my first choice—that instead it’s second behind writing. Really, I’d say they’re equal. I’m lucky to have found two passions in my life, and I’m also going to have the chance to explore both of them. Not everyone has that, though. For some people, that second job really might just be a way to make money. But honestly, that’s no reason to be embarrassed that you want to be a writer. You can make money as a writer—maybe not as a living, but it’s money none the less. Besides, I’ve been told that if you’re in the business to make money, then you shouldn’t be a writer. You should be in it because you love to write. Because writing is your life.

Next time my answer should be:

Them: So, what are you studying?

Me: I’m studying English and Library Science.

Them: Cool. So what do you want to do after you graduate?

Me: I’m actively sending out submissions to publish a romance novel I wrote, but I also plan to be a librarian, researcher, or archivist.

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