This Christmas, I believe I may have discovered and received the ultimate validation as a writer. It may not be what you expect…
Henceforth, I will no longer consider published work as the only success a person can achieve as a writer. Sure, it’s fantastic to be published, making truckloads of money or having a readership of a billion people, but what percentage of writers ever actually achieve this? I’m bringing some much needed realism to my dreams and taking enjoyment out of the smaller things when it comes to writing.
My epiphany isn’t what I received for Christmas, however. I’m not a character out of a Charles Dickens book. Rather than being transported through space and time, I received a gift from my partner. Fairly common practice really. This year though, he gave me a computer. Specifically for my writing. VALIDATION RECEIVED.
How so, you ask? Someone close to me is finally convinced that what I’m choosing to do is worthwhile. Someone else believes in me. For any writer, this must be an occasion to celebrate. We are too used to the slight condescension and confusion by our friends and family. Why are you writing? Why can’t you come see me and don’t tell me you’re writing again because that is not an excuse. It’s not like it’s a job or something.
Most people can’t get past the belief that writing is just a hobby, that it should only be done in spare time. So when someone steps up and acknowledges the passion driving what you’ve been doing for years, it definitely is a success story. I’m grateful to have the partner I do and I hope this isn’t just a way to stop me interrupting his own passion: the Xbox.
Who am I kidding? The Xbox is his one true love.