Why do people assume that just because you are an author that you do nothing else.
Well, I have many things that I like to do besides being an author. I like to travel and I like to cook. I like to shop for shoes. I like to read and I like to work with other authors.
Being an author IS enough for me but it is not my only job.
When people say, "oh, your just an author" you need to speak up and say..."no; I'm an author AND I like to..."
Don't let people minimize your hard work. Being an author is hard work.
How many nights did you lay awake trying to figure out who to kill in your novel? Or if you have to cut out those first few pages of your novel because they just don't fit the way the story is going.
Now, having a nine to five is hard. But at the end of your normal work day; you are off.
At the end of the author's work day...never happens. Here is an 'average' author's work day.
Get up, have coffee (because that gets the juices flowing)
Go into your home office or she shed or man cave (wherever you like to write) and sit down.
Write an outline
Or just start writing
Have more coffee
Get the kids off to school (or wife/husband off to work)
Sit back down and start writing
Delete half of what you wrote two hours ago. (it doesn't move the story along)
Begin a new outline for a new novel because you have gotten 'stuck' in your current novel
Wait, its after three already? Kids are coming home. Help with homework
After getting kids settled, you are back in your man cave/she shed writing.
Now you are in the groove and "honey, I'm home"
Wait, what? it's after six already?
Get up and hope that you don't loose that train of thought that you had for the problem in the story you JUST fixed.
Dinner, dishes and kitchen done and now back to the writing office.
Now you need more coffee because
Wait, what? it's after midnight? and you just finished chapter three.
Yes, folks that the life of a full time author. So is being "just" an author what you do?
I would say no.