1. Bookstores no longer fun, only depressing since one book is a grain of sand on a continent-sized beach. Highlights futility of it all.
2. Does no social good (as am not Nicholas Kristof). Better to train dog to visit convalescent home.
3. Almost constant source of pain and anguish.
4. People only want to read about cats and murder, ideally at the same time.
5. So hard to make time.
6. House is disgusting. Time spent writing would be better spent cleaning.
8. Will die anyway.
9. Body flabby. Time spent writing would be better spent weight-lifting, etc.
10. Am nobody's Shakespeare. Am not even barely known mid-list author who will be reissued posthumously by well-meaning feminists. Am not even barely known mid-list author who will not be reissued posthumously by well-meaning feminists.
11. Never put writing first. Never have. Never will.
12. A little embarrassing to admit to being writer when even writing successes so minor and inconsequential.
Reasons to write
1. Creative expression=way to rage against machine and futility of it all.
2. Paid to teach writing and strongly believe writing teachers should have actual writing practice.
3. If writing is personally meaningfully should not matter if work is insignificant/unknown to others. Intrinsic validation always trumps external validation.
4. Be honest: would really not use time spent writing to clean house or lift weights. Would only screen more Netflix.
5. Really should not screen more Netflix.
6. Good way to avoid thinking about problems.
7. Often make self laugh as am adorably funny.
7. There are worse writers.
8. Tend to dwell/overthink/question everything. Writing=healthy way to focus brain so as not to catastrophize.
9. If must have addiction, writing better than drugs or alcohol.
10. When not constant source of pain and anguish, enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.