stay-au-ponyboy said: What is your best advice to a budding writer around 16 whose father is one of those of the opinion that "dreams don't come true" and "writing isn't a real job"? He discourages her in more ways than one and it hurts her a lot. (it's me. The budding writer is me, hello)
Perhaps he was hurt enough to believe that we cannot make our dreams come true, and he may want to protect you from similar hurt.
He may just want to be sure you can feed yourself as an adult. I remember a concerned mother, at a school careers evening, telling me that little Johnny wanted to know if there was career safety in being a Freelance Writer, and I told her no, probably she and little Johnny should go and talk to the people in the main hall about hotel administration and such…
Writing is definitely a real job. I know many, many writers who make a living wage from their words (fewer who make Lots of Money, but I know them too). And there are a great many people out there who have dreams and, through a combination of work and dedication and luck, make those dreams come true, whether as writers, actors, artists, computer programmers, architects, doctors, or marine biologists or owner-performers of travelling circuses.
My best advice is to keep your own counsel, to write and to read everything you can, to learn as much as you can, to write and finish things and keep writing. And whether you will still want to be a writer when you are 26 or 46 doesn’t matter. Learn your craft, learn everything else you can. Enjoy it.
Had to reblog this! Good advice