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I was having a conversation with my mother in law and her friend (Denise) yesterday and they were asking what I was working on currently? So I told them and Denise asked 'What is it like to be a writer?'
I answered 'I don't really know as I write part-time I don't do it for a living.' - that was my automatic response but she said, 'but if you've had things published, you're a writer.'
That got me wondering. A friend of my wife's has a hubby who's a programmer but disappears for a month every summer to 'work on his novel' at a writers retreat, he calls himself a writer and yet has never had anything published, so I suppose it's whatever you think inside your head.
I suppose I sometimes feel embarrassed talking about my writing as invariably people don't really understand what it's about and say stuff like, 'I've got a great idea for a book you can write...' Or ' I bet you wish you'd written 50 shades of grey...or I could write a great book if I had the time...or So when will it be on the best seller lists and dozens of other similar comments that make you want to run out of the room screaming!!