7. For a solitary activity, writing requires a lot of help.
No writer is an island. To have the time and space to write, a writer needs the cooperation of other people. Hopefully, you are part of a family and have people who care about you. Writing demands time that they must sacrifice for you to be able to write. If you are young and single, you still could be spending time with friends or significant others.
Writers need help. Sometimes this includes financial support. Many of the great writers in history were patronized by their families or some rich person who liked their work. Others had inheritances or trust funds. This is common if you look into it. Jane Austen wasn’t working for a living when she wrote “Pride and Prejudice.” Writers by definition are educated people. That usually puts them in a higher social class than average. You almost have to be higher class, which provides the education and free time to write. Don’t feel guilty about this if the guilt prevents you from writing. I’m glad Jane Austen didn’t. “The Kite Runner” was written by one of the few upper-class Afghans left.
So, if for some reason you have time on your hands and plenty of money, perhaps you should indulge your literary urge. You’re in good company.
For the rest of us who do work for a living, writing is going to take away “free” time or time with family. Or it may reduce the number of hours we work at our “real” job. That’s why many writers are poor.
For me, I have the support of my family, including my wife, my kids, and my mom. Couldn’t do this without them. Whatever I manage to get published is a team effort even though my name is on the cover.