1. Unlike painters or musicians or dancers, writers don’t look cool practicing their craft. They just look pasty and hunched as they tap on their laptops. Watching a writer is just about as entertaining as watching someone scroll through a Facebook feed.
2. Words don’t have any intrinsic value. If you’re a crappy potter and you make an ugly mug, at least you can probably still drink out of it, even if it won’t end up in the Smithsonian any time soon. Crappy stories, on the other hand, are worthless.
3. When you tell people you’re a writer, they smile knowingly and ask, “But what do you really do?”
4. You’re always alone. Writing is not a communal activity. There’s no greater loneliness than confronting your deepest insecurities every time you fire up Word’s empty page.
5. You’re always getting rejected, and you’re supposed to have developed a cast-iron skin because hey you’re a writer, rejection is part of the gig. News flash: rejection still hurts.
6. You’re probably poor.
7. You’re kind of stuck living with one through six, because the only way to be at peace with yourself is by writing.