I posted previously that writing is sacrifice. And I posted on Facebook about how workshops, crit groups and writer friends can make the struggle less difficult. I realized I might sound like I think writing is all pain and hardship, when the truth is quite the opposite.
In truth, writing is mostly joy (and life) to me. Yes, there are sacrifices, but I don’t really notice them most times. Yes, it can be hard and sometimes frustrating work with ups and downs and moments of self-doubt and disappointment, but most anything really worth doing is, and the pros far outweigh the cons in my mind.
So I thought I’d throw together a quick pro/con list to better show both sides. And yes, this list is far from comprehensive, and there are writers for whom one or more cons have never been a con due to their successes or publishing method etcetera. But I think this is a decent “at a glance” summary that holds true for most writers.