Maybe it’s the Rowling factor, but “More Britons dream about becoming an author than any other job,” reports a new survey reported in the Guardian (“Writing tops poll of ideal jobs,” by Michelle Pauli). I’d love to see whether the Stateside stats are similar.
Of course, as a sometime struggling author myself, I have to note that, for most of us, the financial compensations of authorship don’t rise to a level that most people would recognize as making it a “job” — there’s enough work to call it that, of course, but only the most gifted and the most fortunate can live by the word processor alone.
But as someone who loves to write, I can see why other people want to do it, too. (And the cocktail-party cred is tremendous.) But the cynic in me (I call him “Ranulph”) must note that, as previously footnoted, most Americans believe they could write a book despite the fact that they rarely read books — which is probably part of the reason why the pay is so bad. Hopefully the British score better on that one.