Do you consider yourself a 'writer/poet' that is just making a living doing something else, or are you someone who likes to write as a hobby? When you fill out a questionnaire that asks 'profession?' do you write down poet or writer?
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
Since it's not the main thing I do, but one of many, I generally put writing, poetry, one-act playcraft under hobbies, along with cooking, camping, SCA, RPG's, PC repair, reading, and hiking. There's a lot more, but most applications only have so much space.
Lansing, MI USA
Well, I don't write down poet or writer yet. . . but, like Alicat, I do put it down under the "hobbies and interests" section. . . you'd be surprised how many people in the business sector are poor writers. . .
I want to become a writer....so I'll obviously be putting that down on my resume. I consider myself to be learning how to be one....that's the whole point of university and passions.....learning and sharing.
I have to put "writing poetry" under hobbies/interests. I don't believe you can make a serious career of poetry alone, even famous poets lecture and teach. I am certainly not part of that academic group. I am waiting for a movement like the Beats, or better yet a new Renaissance to come back into fashion so I can make my stab at fame and maybe put poet / philosopher on a resume.
"Like Sand underneath the snow, I make you mine." Kristin Hersh
I would like to put Poet down as my occupation, unfortunately I can't. I am a paraeducator, I may never be anything more, who knows. I am not sure if I am good enough to be a poet as anything other than a hobby. And maybe I am afraid to find out. I certainly am unsure who to ask or where to begin. But it would be nice to list that as my occupation.
Julie Jordan Scott
Bakersfield, CA USA
I consider myself a writer/poet, there is nothing else I want to be. However, depending upon the application, I will put whatever boring career I am involved in at the time. But I don't mean it..LOL Sandra
Member Rara Avis
I increasingly find writing important to me. I can only imagine being compensated for it. When and if writing ever paid the bills I would consider myself such. In the meantime I am interrupted in my new interest trying to make a living doing something else. I do find myself reading poetry to my customers on a more frequent basis and even had one woman weep in front of her husband at my poem "Letter to my children". For a moment I thought I was going to lose a $43,000 sale. Who knows? Maybe....someday.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve"