Oh. Insert uncomfortable silence here.
Probably a select few of my friends know that I write. I think sometimes we have the urge to tell everyone about our novel and have them be as excited about it as we are, which doesn't make much sense. It's not their project, after all. They have no idea what writing entails. Then, you end up living a pseudo-double life, where your writing suddenly seems like an eccentric secret quirk at best, a hidden shame at worst.
Maybe some of you don't encounter this problem because you write at home. I almost always have to write in a populated public place, so this happens a lot. More than you would expect, actually. It sounds...pretentious?...to say I'm a writer. I'm not published. It makes my habit sound less legit. Still, every published author started out unpublished at some point, so I am learning to accept what I do as a part of my life.
What about you?