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Pros and Cons of Being a Writer

Updated on September 18, 2013

So, bucko, you want to be a writer. Well, that might be good, or it might be not so good. As with most things there are upsides and downsides. You can be a widely read hack or a forever undiscovered genius. The possibilities are indeed endless, but I scribbled a few here just for you.

Pros

You can...

  • Inflict your opinion on the world
  • Create sexy characters and make them do anything you want
  • Fictionalize your enemies and have revenge upon them
  • Wax poetic in your prose
  • Wax prosaic in your poetry
  • Make your own rules
  • Break your own rules
  • Create your own grammar
  • Use inventive spelling
  • Parodize those you despise
  • Glorify those you admire
  • Spend hours and hours in a world of your own creation
  • Change the world
  • Affect public opinion
  • Become rich and famous
  • Sell your work to a movie producer
  • See your work in print in newspapers and magazines
  • Say that you are a Writer and impress your friends

Cons

  • Rejection. Be prepared for lots of rejection.
  • No one cares about your opinion
  • Your sexy characters become strong and refuse to do what you say. Pretty soon they are telling you what to write. He wants to be a corporate lawyer for Disney and she wants to be a librarian. They want to have a family and move to Worcester...
  • Your enemies may read your revenge upon them in your fiction and take revenge upon you in your reality
  • People will laugh at your poetic prose
  • People will snore at your prosaic poetry
  • People may say you are a bad writer if you make your own rules
  • People will say you are a worse writer if you break your own rules
  • People will think you are ignorant if you use your own grammar and/or inventive spelling
  • If you write a parody about someone you despise, you may actually help them by getting them publicity
  • If you glorify someone you admire, readers may think it is a parody
  • If you spend hours and hours in your own little world, you will miss hours and hours out of your real life
  • Your writing might change the world for the worse
  • You may affect public opinion in ways you did not intend
  • People who are already rich and famous for doing other things are competing with you. Why should anybody make you rich and famous when they can publish somebody who already is?
  • About a million screenplays are written every year and about two dozen get picked up
  • If your writing is published in a newspaper or magazine, people may express a contrary opinion by sending you hate mail or perhaps a bomb
  • When you say that you are a writer, the first question will be, "Where have you been published?"

Writing is a disease. Unless you check it in its early stages, it gets a hold of you like a pit bull and just won't let go. The good news? It's pretty fun. Still, getting something published is pretty fun, too. Some might say it's 'even funner', but not me. I would say, it's 'even more fun.'

I have observed that some people are successful at chasing publication - that is I see that they may actually catch it by chasing it - but I stopped doing that long ago. Others self publish in print through Amazon or elsewhere, some with great success. I have found writing online and attracting an audience here to be very gratifying. Also I recently had a publisher approach me to re-publish one of my online pieces in print. That was certainly a thrill.

So keep at it, I say. I certainly will.

Happy writing.

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      Jim Batuyong 8 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      How true. It does take hold of you and kind of consume you. Another con for me would be when I really want to write something and I can't think of anything interesting to say. I get that a lot. Great Hub Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Writer's block! I forgot writer's block! I must have had writer's block!

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      foxility 8 years ago

      lol. I love writing because of the cons... it's such a challenge. Well, except for the whole bombing thing.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      I agree totally. I love it when my characters take over the story, not to mention my life, ha ha

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      SiddSingh 8 years ago

      Really funny hub. A totally different take on the pros and cons of being a writer. Yet, it is true.

      I chuckled when I read the pros, I laughed when I read the cons. You make writing seem really enjoyable, Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Glad you enjoyed, SiddSingh! Writing is enjoyable in a sick kind of way.

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      abeerer 8 years ago from Earth

      Great hub. Its good for a biggener like me :-) still learning.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      What a coincidence! I'm still learning, too. Welcome, Abeerer!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Great hub, Tom......and thanks for answering my hub request. I thought a few of you might have fun with it!

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      I think you covered all the points on this one. Now I feel depressed. thanks.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for making the request, KCC!

      Depression is good for your writing, Mr. Toad! Keep up the good work.

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Tom, you seem to make it a habit to make me smile! :-) The list of PROS is good, but the list of CONS is fantastic! Laugh!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      I love that. Thanks, Elena!

      Yes, that's why I always say, "I'm a locksmith." That shuts 'em up.

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      I tell 'em the truth, that I'm a business exec in a multinational corporation --that not only shuts everyone up, but sends them running in the other direction! Laugh!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Ha! You win.

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      Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

      LOL Tom, this is really good and I enjoyed both the pros and cons. Another sad con is that a writer often isn't recognized for their work (if it's good) until they are dead. lol!

      Okay, so that's not the total truth, but after reading this, I was thinking about an antique book I have that is a literary criticism in the days of Dickens and other great writers who are today adored. They kind of got some snooty reviews in their time. ;) I'll have to dig out that book to refresh my memory about what was said. lol!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      That would be cool to see that book, Pam.

      A great thing about being a writer - if it's not true, it's not a lie: it's fiction!!

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      Your hubs always make me laugh Tom (apart from the ones about hinges. Oh, OK I confess. I haven't read the ones about hinges!) I like the line about characters developing a life of their own, and then not letting you tell them what to do. I have the same problem!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      My characters always change my stories. It's like having kids without the expense! Thanks so much, Amanda

      (I am SO proud of my hinge drawings LOL)

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      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Hilarious! And it's all true which makes the laugh all the more enjoyable. ... and as a writer you can break all of "their" rules... which is more fun than revenge...

      Thanks for the post-lunch grin, what a guy!

      Blogging this to my poetry blog where I promote more than myself (that can be such a snooze) - they will definitely enjoy this one!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      So glad you enjoyed, Denny!

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      great list. I tend to have more of the cons working against me than pros working for me (see how I am creating my own grammar but than appearing ignorant instead).

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Benson, ignorance is not knowing you are creating your own grammar, and the cons are for everyone, not just you! I'm going to go visit a bunch of your hubs now and give them the thumbs up to cheer you up.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago from India

      You're lucky, Tom, if your friends are impressed that you are a writer...mine would rather I was a gourmet chef or something! :P

      Great hub!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      People seem to have a good opinion of me on HubPages, and I value that greatly, but elsewhere I am just regarded as another hardware sales weasel. Sigh.

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      person # who knows 7 years ago

      I like to write because it makes me feel free. i can do whatever i want when i write.

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      hannah 5 years ago

      heymy name is hannah and i want to be a writer. is it fun to be a writer?

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Hannah! Yes, it is fun being a writer - and even better than this, to be a writer, all you have to do is write!

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      bittergummy 5 years ago

      I would like to become a writer, but after reading your post, I'm not sure....lol

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Happy writing, there, Gummy!

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      Tom Rubenoff 19 months ago from United States

      Always good to know. I take it you're keeping your day job?

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