Why You Should NOT Choose Writing As A Career Option?

So somebody told you writing is an easy profession? Think again.

 
Why You Should NOT Choose Writing As A Career Option?
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You think you’re good at writing. Almost as good as your friend who works in publishing. Your high school English teacher once mentioned that you’ve got a knack for putting words together. So you get up on your high horse thinking you’ll be the next Shakespeare in this commercial world. But let’s go through what you will encounter while you struggle to accomplish yourself as a ‘Writer’. PS: These points might make you not want to be a writer:

It’s Not Easy To Monetize

FREElancer?
FREElancer?

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When you start off as a writer, you’ll find people who are willing to hire you for the price of peanuts. After a point, you’ll have come across so many underpaid opportunities, you’ll start accepting this sad regime. Writers are severely underpaid because there is just no quality to rupee scale existing in the system. Don’t fool yourself by thinking you’ll find someone who will pay you an exorbitant salary because you’re such an extraordinary writer. They’ll all come to praise you but when it comes to commercial writing, they’re going to for someone cheaper than you. Sorry to break your bubble, buddy but that’s how we roll.

The Criticism Is Always Pouring

When you’re in a creative job, even your best piece won’t be your best. There are a 100 ways to get the job done unlike a regular desk job. This leaves 99 doors open for criticism. You will come across skeptics who won’t understand your project just as deeply as you do. As your passion project starts receiving criticism, your self-esteem starts hitting the ground. Before you know it, you start doubting your talent!

‘Please Give Caption For This Picture Na’

FREElancer 2.0
FREElancer 2.0

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I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t happened to me and all the other ‘writers’ with Instagram-fanatic friends. People around you assume you’re an ATM for original captions 24*7 for pictures of them staring at a wall. And to top it all, they even have the guts to ask you for an alternative. God bless us writers to sail safely through such moments of blasphemous anger. My trick is to send them Pinterested captions. No one needs to find out. 🙂

It’s sweet to believe that your skill with words is a gift that will help you change the world and earn you a million dollars. But we’re just doing our job letting you know what you’re walking into! Still want to become a writer?