I want to be an author
I have been asked a number of times recently if being a writer is a rewarding activity. Well, this got me thinking and I’ve decided to do what all good bloggers do. Make a five reason list. So let’s get right on with it.
1. Anonymity. Being a writer gives you the freedom to go anywhere you like without being recognised and swarmed by groupies and autograph hunters. I mean, what do Stephen King and JK Rowlings look like? I bet they don’t get bothered at the grocery store.
2. Poverty. Unless you are fortunate enough to be dead, very few writers actually make enough money to feed themselves. This is a good thing because it keeps a writer focussed on the important things in life, which are the heart and soul of writer’s tool kit. Anxiety, depression, failure and lost opportunity.
3. Time. Writers are so lucky. They spend so little time actually writing that they have oodles of time to think about things a lot. You could imagine that this may have a philosophical aspect to it. But normally it is more alcoholic that philosophic.
4. A Thick Skin. Writers develop a wonderfully thick hide, as criticism becomes so breathtakingly normal that it has no effect whatsoever upon them.
5. Loving readers. Yes, all writers have their following of loyal readers who all happily lend each other copies of their books and tell you how wonderful you are. It is just a pity that books don’t self-combust after one read. It would help royalty payments considerably.
So when do you start your new career as a writer?