While this article will be centered around gaming, it will not be about games themselves but about society and how they look at authors.
I can’t say I’m a successful author as I never made money writing either stories or articles for websites, yet! The thing is, people tend to look at those who write for Internet websites about gaming or any other subjects as if they’re lazy, and use the Internet as an excuse to either stay at home or just not having a 9-to-5 job. It doesn’t matter if it’s your family, your lover or anyone else (especially people that are older that didn’t live much time in the modernized society), there will be someone who has problems with you doing this because it is not in their “understanding” that you can make a living by doing what you love.
My intention with this article is just to let people know a little bit about me and not advising people on what to do (although I could always try and discuss this with you if you so desire).
Let’s focus on what I tend to do most, writing videogame articles. I won’t call it journalism as I consider myself more of a gaming enthusiast and someone that can see the art behind gaming rather then someone whose always looking for the next big scoop before others. As you might know, people tend to enjoy lowering others because it makes them feel like they’re more worthy than you. And I don’t mean they do this on purpose (although some do), some folks just act like that in order to protect themselves and what they do and what they always believed was the right way to live life! Those people won’t just let you waltz right in and say “you could make a living doing what you love and appreciate”! Why? Because life has you making these strange sacrifices, it takes strange turns and you end up leaving behind things you loved and people you cared about and in the end of the day, you will not accept things could have gone any easier… For them life is just hard and a struggle! And making money sharing your thoughts and opinions looks very easy for them so it can’t be true!
I’ve even had people close to me who I’ve told I write for a website, that it isn’t the biggest thing right now, but still I’m working hard to get my word out there! The person was interested in my enthusiasm and asked “Well… What do you write about?” . You should have seen the look on the person’s face when I said videogames… I can’t even explain it but I felt so embarrassed in those next few seconds as the person’s interest turned to none and the only answer I got was “Ok…” and the subject dropped right then and there…
I can proudly say that I won’t let those opinions and attitudes dissuade me from my goal, which is to become a respected voice in the gaming industry, and I do NOT mean famous! As long as there are people like you, giving me their time and enjoying what I write I shall not stop! I’ll try to improve and listen to all the feedback so I can to become better at what I do and provide you the best I can!
THAT is my true goal, and maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll be able to make a living with this and provide even more content with a lot more quality then that which I’m doing right now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, you are what’s keeping me going and wanting to never give up on writing! And if you are a writer yourself (any kind of writer), don’t EVER give up on your passion!