A new survey declares that one of the most satisfying jobs one can have is being an "author" -- am I the only one that finds this humorous? And wholly untrue? I can't think of a less satisfying endeavor. I can't think of a job I'd prefer less, a curse I'd rather not have but which I cannot seem to shake. We are born with the desire to do this and I think many would agree we'd prefer to be other - anything other. Something that requires less struggle, less guessing, less...work. Something that has better odds of actually paying off, if you will.
Perhaps there should be a caveat about such claims. I'm guessing that being a "successful" author (the kind of author who is widely published, widely read and actually makes their living from writing that has made it out into the world) is far more satisfying than being, say, a writer toiling away in obscurity and relative poverty (to say nothing of the cobbling together of day jobs) for a lifetime. Must be where the "career" writer bit comes in vs. the dabbling-in-writing-but-will-never-publish-anything-of-critical-or-social-value bit.