Good: You get to write for a living.
Bad: Writing is a small part of being a writer, and many other things actually take up most of your time.
Good: You can work when you want to.
Bad: It's hard to force yourself to work when you're in your own house with all your cool stuff, like the Internet and DVDs and books and video games.
Good: You don't need to dress for work.
Bad: Three days without bathing and even the dogs will avoid you.
Good: You get to see your name in print. (Check out the June 2006 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine featuring my short story SUFFER, featuring Jack's buddy Phineas Troutt in a nasty snuff film tale, currently available in bookstores and newsstands everywhere.)
Bad: Your name is sometimes followed by "predictable, hackneyed, cliched, and formulaic."
Good: You have fans.
Bad: You have detractors. And for some reason, they usually have bigger mouths than your fans.
Good: You have a megaphone to share your self-promotion tips with people, at cool places like New Works Review.
Bad: Shouldn't you be out self-promoting instead of writing about it?
Good: You get to do cool online interviews for places like CHICAGO WRITES.
Bad: You don't get as many as you'd like. And why hasn't Entertainment Weekly called yet?
Good: You receive a lot of email.
Bad: You spend a lot of time answering email.
Good: People are already ordering your next book.
Bad: But not many.
Good: You're living your dream.
Bad: Ain't nothing bad about that!