What are the best and worst parts of being a writer?There are pluses and minuses, as for just about everything in life. Some of the things that could be cons are the solitary life you might lead, the gnawing anxiety you might feel, and the frequent experience of rejection. The pros are far more elusive and abstract, involving things like joy and passion.
Personally, one of the worst things about being a writer for me is the near-constant, nagging feeling of inadequacy. There are so many examples of brilliant writing out there that I'm continually being reminded of how far I have to go, how even my best stories continue to fall flat in certain areas, how my language just isn't as innovative as I want it to be. That is a feeling that follows me around.
But the best parts are all wrapped around the way being a writer has changed the way I think and feel. Writing makes me curious and more sympathetic, sensitive to the human side of things, observant to problems or tensions or beautiful moments that others might not take the time to notice. Writing keeps me hungry for something I can't even quite pin down -- but it keeps me alert, keen, struggling, and easily moved when people show hints of their deeper natures.
So now it's your turn: what are the best and worst parts of being a writer?