1. Both the people at the level below you and the people at the level above you suspect there is no need for you at all.
2. You’d rather not be at your desk most days, but if you didn’t have a desk to go to, you’d probably die.
3. You do all the work, but get little credit, and only a tenth of the pay you think you deserve.
4. You’ve come a long way to get where you are, which is great for about 5 seconds until you realise that you’ve got such a long way to go yet that you may as well have never started at all.
5. Most of the suggestions thrown your way are not suggestions at all, but in fact direct orders which are almost impossible to comply with.
6. You are forced to say things you don’t believe regarding things you don’t care about.
7. You think you have a fair amount of autonomy, until you try to get creative and deviate from the status quo, at which point you find out that you have no say in anything whatsoever.
8. You often despair of what you’re doing, but you don’t mind too much having to say what you do when meeting new people.
9. Every now and then, just when you’re about to throw in the towel, you will receive some unexpected praise, or be treated to a lovely lunch. This will keep you going indefinitely. You’re fickle like that.
10. There’s always someone you’d like to be, and someone else you’re glad you’re not.
There could be a ton of these: “Why Being A Writer Is Like Being A Zookeeper” “Why Being A Writer Is Like Shopping for Underpants” or even “Why Being A Writer Is Like Eating Raw Sea Anemones”…. the prospects are endless! All we need are some weak comparisons, a five-minute window of procrastination, and an uncritical audience! What do you think being a writer is like?