1. Nobody expects you to get the hang of it quickly. If you’re a first-time author in your twenties, you’re a wunderkind. If you’re under age 40, you’re considered a “young writer.” If you debut post 40, around the time other artists are pondering comeback tours or rehab, you’re par for the course.
2. There’s no financial barrier to entry. All you need is a pencil, paper and, if you want to go all out, a library card.
3. Writers can work from anywhere in the world. They’re not dependent on studios or urban hotspots.
4. Writers have more publishing options than ever before. From blogs to ebooks to brick-and-mortar publishers, there are lots of ways to get your work out to the public.
5. Writing is a great side job. You can do it in fits and spurts, on break at work, during lunch hours, for a few minutes upon waking, and eventually all those words add up to something substantial.
6. Writers instinctually know how to tell entertaining stories at parties.
7. When writers experience the thrill of publication, all the prior rejections turn into bragging rights.