The exciting life of a writer

I tried as much as possible to prevent myself from giving this post a sarcastic title. I hope I succeeded. You see, it’s not as if being a writer is not exciting. It is. It’s just that it comes with certain pecularities that may make you seem weird among the so called ‘normal’ people.

Here’s what I mean. A typical writer tends to be deep; introspective more often than not. We think a lot and are often stuck in our heads. It’s not that we are anti-social (it can be argued that some of us are), we just tend to reflect a lot. This is what allows our creative juices flow. How can we come up with those though-provoking articles, if we lack the ability to step back and reflect?

Depending on the social circle, a writer may be perceived as being boring. Can you blame people? When they want to engage in light-headed conversations, the writer wants to go on the deep path. If they are in the mood, they can be the life of the party. If they are not, you might as well have not invited them out because they may just sit still and observe. The thing is, when a writer does this, he doesn’t consider himself as being anti-social. He’s observing what going on and might as well be formulating the basis for his next though-provoking piece. This has happened to me on many occasions.

For a writer, inspiration can come from anywhere. While walking down the street or having a conversation with your favourite bike man. You never know what will cause that light bulb in your head to go on so you have to be open to everything. Unfortunately, unlike music artists, writers don’t have the privilege of making two-syllable words to become the trend of the day. You know how musicians sing things like ‘doro’, ‘mama eh’ and the like and it’s ok? Well we can’t do that; at least serious writers can’t. We need to engage our readers and even help some escape reality. If you don’t have inspiration, you won’t be able to achieve this.

No one ever understands what you are doing as a writer. Asides from calling you weird, only very few people consider it to be an actual job. The conversation is usually weird;
What do you do?
I’m a writer.
Oh ok. So what do you do to earn money?
*confused look*

I’ve had many conversations in this direction. To be honest, I don’t blame such people. Being a writer in Nigeria doesn’t pay as much as it does abroad. Saying that you are a writer alone makes you look jobless and will definitely earn you a long speech from parents who are wondering whether this is what they actually sent you to school for. To become a jobless writer. Isn’t that exciting?

Nonetheless, I love being a writer. I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember and I will always love it. It’s my passion; it’s my strength and it’s what I know how to do best. Have you found that thing that you know you can do while you’re still sleeping? Then please stick with it. People may not understand it; that’s not your problem. Just stick to what you do best and you will the reap fruits. The people who look at you funny will be the same people who will want a share of your success when it comes.

Don’t abandon your dream for anybody. It’s never worth it.

Photo Credit – TheLisaKerr

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