Here are some things about being a writer, which are hard to accept and may cause you to take a few solitary walks in the rain:
- Being a writer can involve years of thankless work. No one is going to thank you for putting in the extra hours to write or edit.
- Good writing doesn’t just appear on the page one day. You have to keep revising, refining and massaging your manuscript.
- Some of your work might never see the light of day.
- You will struggle to enjoy reading a book as your writer brain will be busy dissecting every scene, character, opening chapter and ending.
- You will get to meet some great people and some you might even fall in love with. The problem with this is they only exist inside your head.
- You will be forced to shelve manuscripts that you will have spent months working on.
- Rejections and criticism will make you cry, even though you will tell the outside that you have a thick skin.
- Literary success might take years (if it ever happens!)
- Loved ones, family members or good friends might not like what you write.
- You will become obsessed over tiny things like sentences and word sequences.
- You will constantly compare your writing to the work of other writers and successful authors.
- Being a writer is NOTHING like the I wannabe a writer daydream!
After all this, there is only one thing I want to say.
I don’t know about you but….