It’s NOT a Hobby, It’s My Job!

After all these years of helping pay the bills and buying groceries, my husband shocked me the other day. I couldn’t believe it, and I wasn’t a happy camper either! However, you can bet I stood my ground, and boy did I ever have my say.

As you already know from a previous post, I’ve been having a hard time lately. I guess it could be because the holidays are upon us and this seems to be a slow time for freelance writers, but I’ve been doing the best I can to make up for the slow period. I’ve applied for so many writing jobs that I’ve lost count. In addition, I’m working on two projects that have been on the back burner for a while now. One project is the writing workshop that I plan to launch in December or sooner, and the other is an e-book that I hope to release soon after the writing class has launched. I’m praying that these two projects will help me contribute a little more to the bills until things start to pick up again.

Anyway, let’s get back to the story, shall we? I guess Hubby had a bad day and decided to let his frustration out on me, and during this process of him fuming about our current financial situation, he shouted, “And what you do is a hobby!” Needlesstosay, I was speechless… you could have heard a pin drop in the house at that moment. After a moment of silence, I looked at him and said, “No, writing is not a hobby… it’s my job!”

“No, it’s a hobby,” he argued.

Adding fuel to the fire and ignoring the fact that my 20-year-old, unemployed stepson was sitting there playing a game on the computer, I came back with, “I pay taxes just like you do, and despite what you think, I do work. In fact, you weren’t complaining a few months ago when I was making $700 a month.”

“No, I wasn’t, because we could manage then, but now we can’t.”

To make a long story short, I explained to him how things were slow right now, and I let him know it may take a little time, but I’m doing everything I know to do. Of course, he didn’t understand because he’s not a writer and wouldn’t.

The argument ended well and he’s expecting me to step-it-up. Therefore, I’ve been working my tail-end off on the two above mentioned projects as well as writing more than usual for Associated Content.

I hate to fight — and we’ve never fought like this before — but I had to stand my ground on that one. I don’t think people understand that writing is our job, and I suppose they fail to understand it because we sit behind a desk all day. But here’s how I feel: when you pay taxes just like an employer does, then what you do is a job. Not only do we pay our own taxes, but we also make money. Sure, some writers make more than others do, but it takes time. Furthermore, writers wear many hats and actually perform more than one job. For instance, we’re writers (of course), bookkeepers, accountants, marketers and negotiators. Wouldn’t you agree?

Okay, you’ve made it this far so I won’t bore you with my problems any longer. Besides, I have to get back to doing my job in order to keep Hubby satisfied.

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