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Occupation: Writer

Sometime ago someone I barely knew asked me what I did for a living, and I replied that I was a writer.

She looked sceptical and informed me that I couldn’t call myself a writer unless I’d been published. She then pointedly asked me if I was, indeed, published.

Instead of chastising her for her rudeness, I told her that a writer is someone who can’t help writing, and that I was a writer who was waiting on the sidelines. In the privacy of my head a voice said, ‘ONE DAY.’

Yes, one day. But until then I’m a writer. Listen, nameless self-important puffed-up know-it-all-but-know-nothing, I am whatever I think I am. Okay? If I think I’m a pink elephant, I’m a pink elephant. If I think I’m the chief of a far-flung Amazon warrior tribe, then that’s what I am. You play a fantasy game online and pretend you’re an Elven princess. Well, I’m not pretending to be anything.

I bloody well AM a writer. So put _that_ on your needles and knit it.

8 Comments

  • jo f (@httpoet) 17th March 2012 at 9:55 am

    put that on your needles and knit it is my new favourite phrase.

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  • Emma 17th March 2012 at 12:26 pm

    So true !!! Always be what You want to be :)))

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  • giferkhan 19th March 2012 at 4:05 am

    If I think I’m a pink elephant, I’m a pink elephant.

    Haha, well said ! OK, I don’t know what that person tried to meant by that you can’t be writer when your writing is not published. So if a singer is singing from long and her song is not published somehow, that meant she is not singer lmao Its like if you are not graduated that means you are not a student.

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  • Louise Broadbent 20th March 2012 at 1:14 am

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award

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  • Maestro's Journal 22nd March 2012 at 2:41 am

    You have put a cheshire cat grin on my face with this post. Love the pink elephant reference. And love your confident attitude. You are a writer, dear Awanthi, and I have no doubt you will be published. And with your kind permission, I would like to borrow your “put that on your needles and knit it” statement as my personal “phrase of the month” when the need arises.

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    • Awanthi Vardaraj 22nd March 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you very much for your words of encouragement! Of course you may have ‘put that on your needles and knit it’ for your phrase of the month. It’s making me giggle when I read it now. 😀

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  • Linda Maloly 23rd April 2012 at 9:10 am

    Absolutely wonderful…may I join your warrior tribe? Ooh, I’m not the warrior type so perhaps a little pink sprite! Excuuuuuuse me, but you are most definitely a writer. You have the heart and soul of a writer – writing is who you are – and that’s all that’s necessary!

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