The downsides of being a writer

I love being a writer. I’m sure all of the writers reading this love being a writer. And so we should. It’s great. Fantastic. Like any profession, however, there is sometimes a downside to writing for a living. For instance…

  • It is very easy to never leave the house. Many writers work from home and, thanks to the wonders of the internet and word processing, you can easily end up staying in the house. All the time.
  • The block. The panic when you have a deadline looming but no idea what to write is practically unparalleled.
  • You end up spending a lot of time on your own. Don’t get me wrong, this can be great, but you can also go a little bit stir crazy from spending so much time with just your own thoughts (and your characters) for company.
  • Plot holes. We’re not always sure how they happen. Everything made sense when you were planning and writing the first draft, but now you’re editing it and there is a massive hole right there in the middle of your plot. Grr.
  • The fear of being terrible. I think this is a fear that never leaves, no matter how successful a writer you are.
  • We don’t actually care that much about the downsides. We don’t care that we haven’t left the house in a week and haven’t seen our friends for ages, or that writing sometimes makes us want to bang our heads against the wall in frustration. It’s still brilliant and we wouldn’t change it for anything.

What do you think? Is there a particular downside to writing that gets you?