It’s a very common misconceptions is that most authors are depressed. Some are and some aren’t. They are no more depressed the general population. There are millions of lonely depressed people who aren’t writers. The alone time an author must spend to dedicate to their craft is what fostered this perception…But most aren’t lonely. It’s hard to write and carry on a conversation with a friend or relative too.
Yes, when we get a rejection letter from a publisher or agent. That’s depressing. But most doesn’t let a hundred rejection letters defer them from getting their work out there. Most simply shake off the rejection and move on. That’s life.
Just because an author writes about lonely depressed people. The author then must be lonely and depressed. Authorship and writing is a craft. Authors aren’t their characters anymore the actor or actress who perform them in movies or on stage.
An author may write about a psychopathic killer but it doesn’t mean the author is one. Most have to study the personality of the characters they wish to bring to life. The author have already done the hard work before the actor or actress is ever called to act it out.
Some writes because they are already lonely and depressed and put their pain on paper. But the reason may have nothing to do with their writing. It can be caused by death, a horrible breakup, lost of job, loss of health. The culprit are endless as the source of their depression.
Some authors have health problems and write to entertain themselves. Most do not know that some of the greatest stories are often written from a sick bed. H.P. Lovecraft is an excellent example. Most of his life he suffered fragile health and was often bedridden so he wrote to entertain himself not others.