Being a novel writer has it’s pros and cons. Here are a few. Add to the list if you please!
1) No guarantees on ever making a penny with your writing. The money you make may never amount to the time spent working on your WIP.
2) Telling people you are a writer who doesn’t have anything published, and non-writers can’t understand why you haven’t published yet. Having to explain why, and they still don’t get it. The reasons being simply I’m not ready to publish. I don’t have a piece ready for publication. Period.
3) Having to pay bills by doing a day job you don’t enjoy because you haven’t made money from your writing passion, thus leaving you unfulfilled, aimless, and ________ (that’s for you to fill in).
4) Spending all your waking hours plotting, scheming, analyzing, writing, editing, brainstorming, etc. about your novel. Consequently, not doing other things… Or when you do those other things you feel like you should be working on your story.
5) Having copious amounts of either “I’m the best writer ever!” or “I’m the worst writer ever.”
6) Knowing even though you are broke, working a job you don’t enjoy, and being cursed by a story that must be told, you still can’t imagine the world any other way than you writing that novel. You are compelled to do so and nothing will stop you.
So here’s to all the angst-filled writers out there! I, too, feel the pains and joys of novel writing.