5 Reasons Not to be Envious of a Writer

1. Writers Get to Work at Home

Sounds great, right? Usually it is, but…when you forget how to put on makeup or what it feels like to wear shoes, you begin to feel like you are no longer a member of the human race.

Sonia Scommegna

Sonia Scommegna

2. Writers Can’t Say Words

Sometimes, it’s true. A writer is a reader and researcher, and many times this involves reading obscure or unfamiliar terms and not knowing how to pronounce them. Or, in my case, using Irish Gaelic, which is in no way logical. Want an example? Try this one: Taoiseach

Nina Stössinger

Nina Stössinger

3. Writers Drink, Eat, Too Much

Writers are famous for handling the stress of deadlines with coffee, or chocolate, or perhaps something else more destructive. Stephen King actually went as far as saying his addictions, even though he gave them up, made him a better writer. Personally, I’d rather be a better person than a better writer (if forced to choose between the two) but maybe that’s just me.

M Yashna

M Yashna

4. Writers Are Poor

Most of them, in financial terms anyway. Don’t take my word for it. The Guardian gave some details here.

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5. Writers Are Notoriously Insecure

We need support groups. If you believe the analogy that publishing a book is like standing naked in front of your living room window and pulling open the drapes, you’ll understand.

Brittany Greene

Brittany Greene

So, it’s not all roses, but holding a published book in your hands, hearing a reader say she was inspired by reading your story, having a tale to tell and being heard? Well, it’s all worth it. 🙂

Cindy Thomson Books by the Banks Book Festival

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