i should be doing other things fml

@marie-beaulieu

#all the work you never thought about going into writing #this makes me want to quit writing altogether #I don’t have time to try to groom dozens of people to be beta readers #fml

Hey there! (Sorry to pick on you, I just have way too many things to say and no filter.)

If you’re writing as a hobby, then you don’t need to do anything but write. Writing as a hobby is all about you having fun and sharing what you love. Unless you’re really, really, really lucky, it won’t ever make you more money then any other hobby, but that’s not its purpose. It’s for your own relaxation and enjoyment, and you should always, always treat it as such.

If you’re writing as a career, then it will be a career. It’ll require 40 hours a week (or more) if you want to live off it. It’ll mean you have to do things you don’t want to do and might not enjoy doing, and you’ll have to do them quite a lot. And because it’s a career in which you work from home, it’ll mean you’re always on the clock, always required to motivate yourself, always depending on your own discipline to get you to the next paycheck.

Just because it was once a hobby you had, does not mean it’s not going to be any more relaxing or enjoyable then being an engineer or a doctor or a teacher or any other career path imaginable. You have to choose a writing career because doing anything else makes you actively want to write, and you have to choose it because you’re willing to do the parts of the career you don’t like just so you can also get to do the parts you love.

Writing as a hobby can be fantastic and enjoyable, but being a writer is still a legitimate profession. If you decide you want to make a career out of it, then it won’t always be fun and it certainly won’t be easy. 

anonymous asked:

did you notice a change in your classmates/close friends when starting M2 year? it seems that the stress of Step 1 has changed my core group of friends and they are all incredibly sensitive and hyper-competitive, even going to the extent of judging u badly if u happen to not know an answer to a question as u study together. some of them even lie about how much they study. what changes did you notice in your classmates? its kind of bizarre/scary to think that these people will become doctors.

I ABSOLUTELY SAW THIS HAPPEN. This is a real phenomenon.

I call it…Step 1-induced gunnerhea 

A lot of people are their worst selves when they study for Step 1. This is largely due to the fact that Step 1 can determine a LOT of your future, especially if you’re interested in competitive fields. Many poorly informed individuals believe that Step 1 is correlated with intelligence and your skill as a physician. Not so. ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS WRONG.

Symptoms you are observing in your friends are very common. Other symptoms to watch out for as well:

  • frequently letting you and others know how much they hate their life or are studying for Step 1 

  • Judging those who want to take a day off and TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE
  • Boasting about things that should not be considered impressive (“haven’t shaved in a month man, isn’t my beard disgusting?” “I like…eat string cheese for lunch. Haha I’m so dedicated!!”) 

  • Freaking others out intentionally or otherwise (I only did four question sets today, I’m gonna failllllll. How many did you do today?) 

Signs of Step 1-induced gunnerhea include:

  • FML sign: they go onto facebook or other social media and boast about all the work they’ve done but are all ‘woe-is-me’ or ‘fml lolllll’ 
  • Word-triggered verbal tic: A word in normal conversation, on television, or on a tumblr post will take them back to a Step 1 concept, and they will recite everything they know (ex. say ‘tetracycline’ to someone in the process of studying for Step 1. Watch the magic.)
  • Study sign: They cannot go anywhere without either some flashcards, do some Qbank questions, or a small notebook with review notes

How to protect yourself from Step-1 induced gunnerhea:

  • Given the contagious nature, avoid these individuals until your own test is done.
  • Stay away from areas such as campus libraries and other well-known study hangouts of the diseased. You will gain nothing from being there. 

  • Take care of yourself. Do not glorify the lack of showers, eating junk food, not going to the gym, self-pitying facebook status updates. A strong, healthy you is more likely to have the stamina and mental fortitude to complete the test and not come out the other side angry, disgusted, burned-out
  • Make peace with the fact that, while this is usually a transient condition, some friends will eventually become chronic sufferers of gunnerhea. I promise that, while it sucks, you’ll find better friends. 

  • Have post Step 1 victory plans. Be it travel, fancy dinner, Netflix marathon, WHATEVER. Have something to look forward to when it’s all over 

  • Utilize medblrs! You’re not in this alone. A study I have performed only in my head says that occasionally venting to medblrs reduces the risk of contracting gunnerhea by 75% (md-admissions, 2014).  

  • Do not confuse working hard with gunnerhea. Work hard, but take care of yourself. Be supportive and surround yourselves with those who have not fallen too far like Gollum to The (step) One Ring. The investment you make will be worth it!