I was just reading Alison Wells’ post about self-confidence/self-doubt where she makes the point that her children accepted the fact she’s a writer without question. I believe this is because (at least with small children) they have not yet forgotten that Mummy is a super hero.
If I told my daughters that I’ve decided to be a spaceman, they’d probably say, “Good idea, that sounds exciting!”
The kind of things my children do say about my writing are:
“It’s good you are writing books. Books are important because they tell us about things that happened when we weren’t there.”
“Will you write a story for me? With a zebra in it?”
On the other hand, the kind of things my children don’t say include:
1. Have you written anything I might have read?
2. Have you got an agent yet?
3. Just short stories? So you’re not actually an AUTHOR or anything.
4. It’s all going digital anyway.
5. Have you had anything published? So you write for, like, a hobby?
6. Literary Fiction? What exactly does that mean?
7. Can you get me a free copy of your book?
8. Have you made, like, millions?
9. I don’t read much.
10. I’m going to write a book too, when I’m not so busy. (If children want to write a book they just go and get on with it).
These are the kind of things that only grown-ups would say. Because grown-ups have forgotten that we can be whatever we want to be. Because grown-ups may have become just a teensy bit cynical. Now, this is just my hypothesis, so I look forward to your comments!