Do you remember that song “Respect Yourself” by The Staple Singers? No?
Good gracious go listen to it right now. That song is like the writer’s anthem. Here’s a link to it on Youtube. Starting at 2:21, your life will be changed forever.
Writers have a hard time respecting themselves. We give away our work for free. We fumble when people ask us what we do, worrying if it’s okay to call ourselves “writers.” (Answer: Yes, it is.) We’re basically the most neurotic group of people this side of a Woody Allen character.
We could use a little self-respect.