- Writing cuts into your reading time. If you think your TBR (to be read) pile is big now, multiply it by fifty. Then add a stack of craft books on top, along with a small pile of paperbacks your friends wrote that you want to read.
- You will always feel guilty about not writing enough. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll think you should be at the computer. BICHOK (Bum in Chair, Hands on Keyboard), baby!
- As a writer, you will notice problems in books that you never saw before — like when your favorite author switches point of view in the middle of a page and then switches back. This will make you crazy.
- Most published authors worked like demons to get published. Now they work like demons to sell books while at the same time writing the next one. Or so I’ve heard.
- If you are a writer, you will learn that soon as you turn off your computer, you’ll figure out how to improve that last paragraph. Or scene. Or even, gulp, book. Every time.
- Writers are notorious for scribbling on random fragments of paper. You will regularly find scraps with notes written in your handwriting that make no sense whatsoever. Here are a few examples: “coupling — captain — subtext” and “what matters most to Art?” (Who’s Art?) and “add feeling of mud.” (Note: These are actual notes I was able to find without leaving my chair.)
- You will never, ever stop revising. That query that seemed fine last time you sent it? It will somehow have turned to crap the next time you look at it.
- If people tell you they like your writing, you’ll assume they’re being nice.
- If people are critical of your work, you’re likely to believe every word.
- Your children will learn not to trust you to copy-edit their papers because you will see five hundred things they need to change. Or maybe that’s just me?
- You will spend your entire life looking up how to correctly write ellipsis and em dashes or some other bit of punctuation or grammar that you just cannot remember!
There are many more reasons not to become a writer and only one reason I can think of to do it. And that’s because you just can’t help yourself.
Feel free to share your reasons in the comments.