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I'm Deborah. I'm a writer, currently seeking representation/publication for my YA Fantasy Fractured Princess

I love to play Final Fantasy games and Shattered Pixel Dungeon. I also enjoy the many ins and outs of music (I'm a chorus geek).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IWSG: Write Because You're A Writer

Creator: Alex J. Cavanaugh (sensei)

I know that sounds pretty obvious, right? But some of you would be surprised. People will ask some of us what we do for a living, and even if we have a day job, saying that we’re writers will sometimes get us strange looks. I had some perfect stranger (I hate when people at bus stations try to spark conversations) ask me, when I told him I majored in Creative Writing (at FSU), what would I write other than newspaper articles. As if books just…I don’t even know.

Heck, saying you want to be a published author when you grow up may not even be supported by your family. I follow a blogger who has that issue, and my older sister used to tell me how unrealistic it was to be a writer and spent too many years trying to get me jobs for which I was unqualified. And many people who ask what I graduated with (BA in English) think an English degree means I want to be a teacher. I still don’t understand why. I’ve known people who instead of going into Creative Writing or English go into weird things they’re not particularly interested in just to please their parents. No offense, but that’s some crap.

Some people have small minds. If you’re not being a teacher, doctor, lawyer, or whatever, you’re not doing anything of importance. WRONG.

You are a writer. NEVER put it on the backburner because people who don’t understand what it is to think these things up and to create other worlds and see other forms of mankind in their mind aren’t particularly worth pleasing. Life is not a drill. Go through it doing what you were meant to do. You’re not crazy, you’re not dreaming too hard. You write. That’s what you do. So, do it.

(Yes, IWSG peeps, you may use this for the E-Book. Happy Anniversary!!)


  1. It can be hard to keep writing when there isn't anyone supporting you. But in the end you have to trust your gut--if you feel you have a story to tell, then write it!

  2. Yes, love this! We write because we love it, not because it will necessarily earn us a butt load of money! Great post!

    So nice to meet you through the IWSG!! :)

  3. Hi Debra! It's great to meet you! I enjoyed your post, and I love your writing voice! Don't laugh ~ I have a degree in English and I became a teacher. I put writing on the back burner. But truly, I have no regrets because I was born to teach ~ 8th generation in my family; 9th gen already teaching! Now that I'm retired, I've begun writing that book I've carried in my heart for a long time. Happy writing to you!

  4. I totally relate to this. My parents wanted me to get a degree in accounting so I did. I didn't find my true passion until later in life and got my second degree. Now, I'd love to pursue another one. I had someone ask me if they would know my book and when I told them I was still working on it, he rolled his eyes. It's okay, I'll show him one day! ;P

    co-host IWSG

  5. Great post! It's hard when the people close to us aren't supportive. It can make us doubt ourselves, our dreams, our goals. We have to learn to stand strong. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  6. We're going to use it for the word crap alone!
    It's tough to be in a position without support. We have to do it ourselves, but support really helps.
    Maybe that guy thought books grow on trees?
    Thanks for contributing to the book!

  7. Great post Debra! Small-mindedness... it's like a disease. You almost have to feel sorry for those folks. :-)

  8. An inspiring post, thanks for sharing it with us. I am looking forward to reading all the entries in the book when it is released. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

    Great to visit as a co-host of IWSG this month.

  9. I love being about to say I'm a writer now that I've left the day job. People do act funny when they learn it as if you can't be a writer if no one made a movie of your novel yet.

  10. I loved this post! I know there are members in my family who don't believe writing is a legit job, and that I'm wasting my time. I continue to write, though, t what they think. :D

    1. I don't know how "despite" became only a "t". lol


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