Tuesday, June 10, 2014

For writers who mock the ignorant questions and comments they get

On Facebook, someone linked to If Strangers Talked to Everybody like They Talk to Writers, an amusing article that made me smile, but also made me respond like this:
It's funny, but face it: if you do something unusual, people will think it's unusual. Most of the questions and comments we get are very well-meant. Frankly, there's not a writer alive for whom being able to write is not a privilege, and whining about your privilege is always sad. Yes, in this case, that privilege means a lot of us are living below the poverty line, but we're still doing the art we want to do, and that's a privilege. Whine about your paycheck, not about people being surprised you're a writer, sez moi.