How do you say what you do?

I really like the bio from my blog, but that was easy to write. Emphasis on the “write” part there. For me, everything is easier in writing. I’ve been attentive at this for a few weeks, and am finally starting to adjust my way of answering the question “What do you do for a living?”.

I generally said “I craft, tutor, babysit (and write).”

Now wouldn’t the following sound so much better?

“(I used to be a floral artist – and still am at heart.)
Currently, when I’m not, as some phrase it, “wasting time” writing, my day job consists of tutoring English, running my freelance plaster crafting business with an emphasis on wedding favor orders. I am on the writer’s staff of Milliver’s Travels, and an Associate Editor of Friday Flash Dot Org. To keep myself buys in the afternoons, I also babysit a little girl.”

(Actually, it does sound sooo much better. I tried it out when I went to a middle-school reunion a couple of weeks ago.)

A little bit of tweaking to that first answer and no one suspects how low my actual income is ;)


Your turn, cause I’m really curious: How do you say what you do?


*Blog post inspired by this question from Danielle LaPorte’s The Burning Questions Series.


9 Comments to “How do you say what you do?”

  1. Let’s see…I am a wife, mother, author and beadwork designer. While I love saying that I am a writer, family always comes first-and they never let me forget it either, LOL! ;)

  2. Wonderful verbal bio, Estrella. You’ve found a way to embrace the creative variety of things you do. But I know what you mean. It’s not an easy transition to make. Even after my book was published I would not reply with “I’m a writer” much less mention that I was the author of a book. It drove Brian nuts. He said he was so tempted to say it for me, but he knew I had to learn to say it myself.

    I’ve had years to grow into verbalizing my writer identity to others and it rolls off the tongue pretty easily these days. Not having all those other skills and talents like you’ve got, I simply say “I’m a writer.” If they’re interested, they’ll ask more questions. If they only asked out of politeness and could care less, then I haven’t wasted any energy trying to represent myself.

    • Thanks! And yes, I know. It wasn’t easy to verbalize while giving myself credit for all that I do. I’m still working on it, but got better.
      Glad you got there, Milli, you’re a great writer!

  3. I always say I’m an autism specialist, because I am. I never say I write… sigh.

    • That’s a good start. Now you should work on also saying you’re a writer.
      Just sayin’, cause you are such an amazing writer, people should know it!!!

  4. I’m too tied to my profession so I am working harder on the “I’m a writer” sentiment.

  5. Fantastic bio Estrella! If only you could be paid what you’re worth….I believe all of us writers know that feeling though. In the past, when asked what I do, my general answer was “I babysit geeks during the day, and I’m a mother and wife who writes a community column for a local newspaper.” It took me a long time to “fix” that statement. Now my answer is: “I’m a writer and work as an Administrative Assistant for the IT department of a Clinical Research Organization to make money. But my most important job is as a mother and wife.” Inevitably the next question is “What do you write?” That one takes me a while to explain as I write so many different things – short fiction, a “family life” column for a local newspaper, and I blog about rearing an autistic child and an extremely dramatic child, as well as living with fibromyalgia.
    You’ve prompted me to update my bio -thanks! :)

%d bloggers like this: