Joss Whedon (via writingquotes)
#I’m reblogging this because it pisses me off and im putting the pissing off part in the tags #THAT IS NOT A PRODUCTIVE OR COOL THING TO SAY #I absolutely loathe the little quotes and things that say ‘unless you ‘have’ to write #you’re not a ‘real’ writer’ #that’s absolutely foolish #because something like that means a certain way to someone who fancies themselves a writer doesn’t mean it applies to everyone#there’s not a specific set of conditions that are required to be called a writer #saying that someone has to have a fully-fledged and intense passion for something to be considered a doer of that or have the title of that #is so silly and degrading to people that might not have the same passion but still enjoy the something #this one especially pisses me off i dont know if it’s real i dont know whatever #but saying that unless you ‘have’ to write which in itself is foolish because no one REALLY ‘has’ to write #saying that unless you feel that way that you SHOULDN’T write is a super rude thing #isn’t it Harper Lee who didn’t technically finish another novel after To Kill a Mockingbird? #apparently she didn’t have to write #so she shouldn’t have ever written anything okay #like shit if you are a writer and you really enjoy writing and it gives you a purpose to the point you say that you ‘have’ to write #why in the world would you discourage people to not write based on how their feelings toward it compare to yours #im sorry im not making a brilliant argument here and im not being too concise but hot damn this just makes me upset [source]
So, this is out of context? What Joss was saying is that writing is a really tough, often soul crushing job, with a lot of disappointments and uncertain returns, and that you are probably better off pursuing something else for money security and emotional, mental, and physical health reasons.
Writing is a soul wrenching process that involves people telling you things you worked very hard on totally suck and are worthless. There are a lot of careers that don’t do that to you.
What he was saying isn’t that people who don’t have to write aren’t real writers, or shouldn’t write because they aren’t qualified. What he is saying is that if your brain doesn’t drive you to write regardless (mine, for instance, totally does - so some people actually can’t not write at least as a hobby) Then you might be better off doing something else.
Not that you have to or you are a fake writer, but that you might want to if you don’t like pain and suffering and strife.
He doesn’t understand why people who don’t mentally have to do it are putting themselves through that.
So yeah. Its a warning, not a judgement.