So what do you do? someone will ask. And then there will be this long awkward pause while I try to force the word writer out of my mouth.
Just tell them you're a lawyer, part of me whispers. I rarely get any follow-up questions when I tell people I'm a lawyer.
But lately, I've been forcing myself to say writer. I'm a writer. Then I force myself to smile as I answer all the follow-up questions. No I'm not published. No I don't have an agent, but I'm looking (hopeful pause). Then they'll ask me about my work and I find I'm no longer forcing the smile.
I'm learning people are usually really nice and genuinely curious. I'm the one judging myself, not them. I decided to be bold because I've been crushing my dream with my own insecurities long enough. And besides I'm not going to make any connections if I don't tell anyone. Speaking of that, does anyone know an agent?