It's a mug's game. Believe me. Here's why:
Nobody takes you seriously
Real person: So you're a writer huh? Wrote anything I would have read?
Writer: I thought you said you didn't read?
Real person: No. Nobody ever does these days, still have I heard of you?
Writer: No, I don't think you would have done...
Real person: Right. So what do you really do?
Writer: I'm a... oh fuck it - I work in insurance...
The money is crap
If you ever make any it's going to be a pittance. The average writer makes 14,000 UKP a year. 14,000. That's right, there's more money in vagrancy.
There's no accounting for taste
There will come a day when you'll finally tell that story as beautifully as you imagined it in your head. It may take you years, it may take you your entire life, but one day you'll do it, and you know what? At least twenty percent of people will still hate it - and that's a conservative estimate – it's more like 25%. Here's the news - most of those 25% work in the publishing industry.
There's a whole industry dedicated to crushing your dreams
The power of fulfilling your dreams lies in the careless hands of others: editors, agents, dramaturgs, directors, critics, reviewers – all there to deter, detest and discourage you from pursuing your hopes and dreams. Most of them failed writers, all of them parasites in the gardens of writers' creativity. All of them self-appointed gatekeepers. Ever bought the Writers and Artists Handbook? Don't bother, it goes like this: 'no unsolicited manuscripts', 'no unsolicited manuscripts', 'no unsolicited manuscripts'. Ok, we get it.
There's a whole heap of rejection
To the point that you either become crushed or sociopathic. Imagine a job where you have thousands of faceless bosses constantly telling you your work isn't good enough, it's just not right, it just doesn't fit, and by the way, you're not getting paid. Dignity at work? That's goddamn inhumane.
So you see, it's time to get the hell out.
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