|The Authors' Job Centre is somewhat behind the times...|
I'm sorry, Mr Public? You don't really want to give up watching television and you quite like the job you have at present? Ah, in that case you want form 900213C. Yes, if you just sign here... this form ensures that you will give up all hobbies, social life and interests outside the home...oh, I see. You'd like to still be able to go out for the evening occasionally, and you have several demanding hobbies... hmmm...
How are you fixed family-wise, Mr Public? Is your significant other aware of your desire to become an author? They are? Oh, that's good. Then, if you could make sure that they sign this NJW27 form, because they will need special training on how never to interfere with you, or even speak to you for at least nine months of the year, how to run the house single handed because you won't be able to give much input whilst you are writing, oh, and if they could fill in this bank form 8RF67 - never you mind why, but writing is an expensive business what with the workshops and conferences you may wish to attend, and the various meetings you may want to have with other authors, to say nothing of upgrading your computer and then, of course, you will want to invest in all the latest software won't you? Ah. You think you already know enough about writing without attending any workshops? Fine, fine...
And what about your health, Mr Public? Writing involves quite a lot of sitting down and I can't help but note that you are a little...ahem, forgive me Mr Public..a little...how should we put it, a little on the well-fed side? Never mind, eventually living on a writing income should sort that out, but in the meantime perhaps you'd like to invest in some slightly bigger trousers? And, perhaps, prepare your taste buds for a life of Pot-Noodles and Quavers, these are readily available at the Pound Shop and you can stock up with a year's supply for next to nothing, which is just as well, as per my remarks above about living on a writing income.
I beg your pardon, Mr Public? Let me get this clear - you don't want to give up watching television or any of your hobbies or your social life. You don't want to give up your high paying job in order to have more time to write, you seem a little upset at having to spend quite so much time away from your Significant Other, you don't wish to spend out money that you may never get back on workshops, or mixing with other authors, you like proper food, and the thought of being quite sedentary for long periods of time appears to distress you.
What's that, Mr Public? You thought that being an author meant scribbling down some words which would then be taken on by a publishing house, requiring no further input from yourself? And that those words would make you millions of pounds, a household name, and probably be turned into a film, possibly starring Jennifer Lawrence or Daniel Radcliffe? And that you would only have to do this once?
Mr Public, it appears to me that you don't really want to be an author at all. What you want to be is J K Rowling or Stephen King and I am afraid that those vacancies are already taken.
Have you considered being a lumberjack, at all...?
|Where a healthy, outdoor life with barely a single Pot Noodle awaits...|