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Being a Writer: Pros and Cons

Updated on March 24, 2011

Many people have a lot of different opinions as to what makes a writer and what doesn't. This can make it hard to define pros and cons of being one. After all, if you aren't sure what a writer is, then it can get really complicated. There are a lot of different things that are great about being a writer, but it sure isn't all glory!  

What is a Writer?

Some will only call you a writer if you make a living doing what you do. Others will call you a writer if you make some money writing. Still others think that a writer is something inside of you. It has to do with a passion for putting words on paper.

Then there is whether or not what you write makes you a writer. Some people think of Stephen King when they think writer and are only really counting those that write fiction. Others think of writing books. Some poetry and still some others articles.

For the purpose of this, we will count anyone who writes anything with the hopes of making money from it. You could be an online writer, a freelancer, or someone who is searching for how to make money with the pieces that you write.  


  • A creative outlet- For those who love to write, writing is a great way to get out what is inside of them. Whether writing a book, poem, article, or technical piece it is a form of creative work.  
  • Satisfaction- Whether your writing is read online or in print it is very satisfying. It feels good to get something out and to have others read it, especially if they like it!  
  • Challenging- Writing is often a challenge. Making all of your ideas fit and flow into a piece can be hard work.  
  • The Hand of "god"- As a writer, you are the "god" of your own world. You can make beautiful scenes or nightmares. You can shape the world to fit your needs and the people in them are yours to manipulate.  
  • Set Your Own Hours- Many people jump on the work from home or work for yourself aspect that being a writer can provide. However, this is only partially true. After all, deadlines can make them long hours, and having a job outside the home can make them cramped hours.  


Most writers have a bigger list of cons then of pros and only continue to write because it is what makes them feel whole inside or they have hope for a better outlook.

  • Poor Financial Compensation- We all know that J.K. Rowling and Stephen King have no problem with their financial situations. However, 99% of writers will be struggling authors. We have a clear picture of the poor artist, but for many it is a similar situation for the writer as well forcing most to get a "real" job as well.
  • Rejection- A writer trying to make money from their work will get rejected. This isn't as big of an issue online, but still happens depending on the site that you use. However, in order to make a significant amount of money from your writing, you will have to hear the word "no" several times, especially if trying to publish a book.  
  • Lonely Lifestyle- Most writers spend a great deal of time writing, editing, and trying to sell their work. It isn't easy and it is often lonely. The process is one that can't be done with others and this leaves you staying home while your friends have fun, missing out on activities, and often missing your family as well.  
  • Selling What You Have Written- If you want to make money with your writing you have to sell it and promote it. Whether trying to get it published in print or trying to get it read online, it takes work and energy to get it making money.  

The Definitive Guide to Making Money Online With Your Writing
The Definitive Guide to Making Money Online With Your Writing

There are things that people need to know when trying to make money with their writer. While there are opportunities online for writers, it is a whole different ball game than with other markets. It is important to learn what you need to do to succeed as a writer working online.

The Literary Agent's Guide to Getting Published and Making Money from Your Writing
The Literary Agent's Guide to Getting Published and Making Money from Your Writing

While the Internet has a lot of advantages for people looking to make money from their writing, there are a lot of other options. It is also important to note that it is a lot harder to make money from fiction online then it is for information based writing. For those seeking to write fiction and make money then you need a great guide to help you get published and make money with your writing.


These are just a few of the Pros and Cons to being a writer. Often it is about the person who is writing. It is a good idea to sit down and make your own list if you are looking at being a writer. You do have to keep in mind that while you may be a good writer, many of us don't make the money that J.K. Rowling and Stephen King manage! Good Luck!  


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    htodd 5 years ago from United States

    Never give up..This is the key...being a writer is great but we need good promotion of our contents as well to make living out of it..

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    aidenofthetower 6 years ago

    @karamela...Making money as an author or a writer of any kind isn't really easy to do. Somewhere out there I read that the average author makes $3,000 a year. That's definitely not much. In most cases you have to enjoy writing in order to make money from it and you won't get rich.

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    karamela 6 years ago

    do u win a lot of money if ur an author.?

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    risarooh9 6 years ago

    Very good advice!

    I long to be a writer and have considered the pros and cons relentlessly...however, what my heart wants, it wants...

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    shewolf52002 7 years ago

    You will quickly find out if you are a writer when you try to make money from the endeavor! If you stick with it despite low earnings and frustration you are a writer!

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    pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

    hmmm..I'm still million miles away from that word- "writer"..still can't consider myself as one... Lots of things come in my mind but I can only write when I'm in a crazy mood,^.^ I don't know why..haha! Most probably that's one of the reasons why I can't make good earnings out of it.. thank you for sharing this hub, I discover something to think about.. great!^.^

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    The thing about a real writer is that she or he never gives up, and will always write. A writer has to write to feel fulfilled and be accomplishing something, namely putting words on paper (or pc). Writers would write for nothing, that's because we love writing so much. It's a reflex foe many of us. It sure is for me anyway! Nice interesting hub!

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    JoJo 7 years ago

    Writing is a means of expressing your inner creativity. In following thru on writing a manuscript, you need to feel the passion and believe in what you're writing about and give 100% commitment. If you're determined to publish your work, you will find a way to make it happen. There's lots of self-publishing companies online. That would be a great accomplishment, wouldn't it? If there's a will, there's a way - no excuses. "But" if you think you'll become rich and famous after your first published novel, then you're writing for the wrong reasons. Writing is for your enjoyment in creating a beautiful story for and for the readers' entertainment.

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    gary777g 7 years ago from Springdale, AR

    I like to say: "A writer is any one who writes. An Author is one who has published a book". That is how I see it.

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    carly 7 years ago

    Who reads these anyway?

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    carly 7 years ago

    WHOOOOOAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's great...i guess...Ha ha ah aha ha aha ahahahahahah! yes i am bored.

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    dean 8 years ago

    well being a writer means your able to connect with readers

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    KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

    Thanks for answering my hub request. Good hub!

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    NYLady 8 years ago from White Plains, NY

    It's true that writing is such a gratifying creative outlet. But it's also true that you do it in relative isolation and without much pay. We're just a bunch of masochists. I enjoyed reading this!

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    Benji Mester 8 years ago from San Diego, California

    I agree, writing is an amazing gift for the creative mind. It's when you have to start making money from it that it gets to be a problem :(