In addition to low pay everyone instantly thinks your broke and struggling if you do write for a living. When a few people in my family found out I was trying to start a career in screenwriting they told me how impossible it was, how I have no chance, and I should get a real job. I was told that I wouldn't be able to do so much stuff. I eventually was able to do stuff that folks told me I couldn't, while writing, and I'm pretty sure I surprised a lot of people when they found out I was still able to get credit cards and loans despite not having a real job, but it's the fact that writers get little to no respect from people. People either think your broke, you are a thief, or a idiot chasing a impossible dream. I've even saw woman on dating sites say they probably wouldn't date a writer because he's probably broke and can't pay for dates.
So, where did the notion come from that writers are poor, dumb, lazy, or dreamers?