I'm considering writing for a career. I feel that I am a fairly good writer, despite sometimes having a different outlook on things (although this can be a valuable asset). I'm not sure whether I want to write stories or articles, although I am leaning towards the latter. I am not as creative as I used to be, and usually write about what I know, or think I know. I am going for writing as a career because I prefer my own solitude. I get anxious in social situations, and careers that involve writing can be good for a non-social person like myself. Of course it will have it's social aspects (e.g meeting with superiors, employers and so on) but that I can handle. The problem I have is that I have 3 major drawbacks that are stopping me from diving into this. 1. I am self-conscious, and may not be comfortable knowing that anybody is reading what I write without me having any control over it. I currently have trouble with this when I post here, and I worry that people think I am either a) a fool b) deluded or c) a deluded fool. I also tend to regret a lot of the things I have written after I write it, for no good reason. 2. Criticism may stop me from furthering my writing. If I get criticized, I generally won't see it as constructive, rather as a judgment or attack(stupid, I know, but I can't seem to control this reaction). 3. I am lazy. Another reason why I am choosing writing as a career is that it seems to be a relatively easy job, with the only efforts being of the mind and the fingers. However, If I were a writer, I would need to write a lot more than I do at the moment, and put a lot of effort into it to make it good. In reality, writing is a hard thing to do for someone who tends to take the easy route in life. I could continue to write at my leisure, but that would be a surefire way to fail in what is a very competitive field. I am still mulling this career choice over right now, but if there ever was a career I would pick, writer would be it. If you good folk could give me some advice on this subject it would be greatly appreciated. Do you think writing would be a good career choice for me, based on the style and content of my posts? Would you recommend I pursue this career, or pick something else? Have you (the reader) had any experience writing (professionally or otherwise) that you would like to share? This last one would help me get a good idea of what I would be getting into. Disregard my problems with criticism, I will need to hear it. Also, any other writing tips, advice, or anything else, would help me a lot.