Know what else is like having homework every night? Being a teacher. Or an actor. Or a graphic designer. Or a market analyst. Or a chef. Or a yoga instructor. Or literally any other job where you’re an adult taking steps outside of work hours to better yourself.
Next quote, plz.
Parsing and expressing the of difficulties writing is part of the process. While, “on a good writing day, nothing else matters” (Neil Gaiman) on bad days, it feels like “pulling teeth. Out of your dick.” (David Rakoff) No matter how accomplished you are as a writer, a blank page makes you feel like “an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” (Vonnegut) Finishing a piece of writing and letting it out into the world is like “[taking] a child out in the back yard and shooting it.” (Truman Capote) Even Hemingay, the writer who also shot lions in his spare time, compared what he did to sitting down and bleeding all over a typewriter. (Pussy.)
But, God help me, if a health care professional, educator, short-order cook, or member of literally any other profession hears me moaning about how tough my job writing space cartoons and making jokes about Star Wars is, they have automatically earned the right to punch me in the face. That is, if I don’t do it first.
How about a writer who also works as a social worker? I have the worst life, then, right? That’s me?