- They are lazy. Someone who dedicates themselves to the craft spends 6-10 hours a day for months in a row brewing the perfect blend of empathy, sympathy, character, situation, and circumstance just to redraft a story or novel five to and infinite amount of times is hardly lazy.
- They have no other talent. From the mainstream fiction novelist to the literary brainiac - many writers do more than write. Writing requires an author to not only write about life, but also experience it. Fiction draws from information we already know, which could not exist with some life experience.
- They all suck. If anyone believed this, there would be no names on eBooks and print publications.
But no stereotype is more promient than the depressed, starving, and struggling artist. There's a notion of writers being these lonely - and often frail - individuals who hunkers over a keyboard, while bumming money from family and friends for the sake of the occasional warm dinner. Granted, many new writers find there isn't much money to be had.
Twenty-odd years ago, it was possible to live off of writing. We all the know the names of authors who made it big with their books and held onto a publisher like many people do with a steady career. Unlike these career holders, however, writers don't often switch ambitions, which may the very reason writing is so daunting. There's a point when you know you're committed to the craft forever.
And as for making it big, in this age of informational clusters, almost everyone considers themselves a writer, and for that very reason, breaking into the industry is equally, if not even more so, difficult.
What's different now, is your entrance to the professional writing world does not guarantee longevity. One book doesn't mean two, and so on. Is it any coincidence there are so many authors betting their chips on a series or one high concept? Probably not. It's fluff the bank or spend even more endless nights at the desk with a blank page and a bowl of ramen.
But does all the aforementioned mean the writer is suffering? Like any other life-long goal, it's frustrating, it's tiring, and it takes every last bit of energy you have.
For a writer, days can be longer or shorter (and just because you write doesn't mean you'll be read; there's much "business" to be attended to), you're already at home, and sometimes you can't sleep until that big idea is down on paper. And then there are revisions.
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