Tuesday, September 27, 2011

10 Reasons It's Great to Be a Writer

10. There is no dress code.

9. You're not eavesdropping; you're working.

8. Your rather eccentric computer history of websites can be explained as research.
BONUS: Actually, anything can be explained as research - it just takes a bit of thought.

7. Your active imagination now has something to focus on.

6. Although you say you don't base your characters on anyone you know, you could. Revenge is sweet.

5. People expect odd behaviour from creative types. This is an advantage.

4. You know talking to yourself serves a purpose.

3. You can tell yourself your typo isn't a typo, it's a new word. Language evolves.

2. If you write romantic scenes you can blush and tell people you couldn't possibly confirm whether they're autobiographical.

1. You can make your own rules and then break them.


  1. Elspeth - Yes! Those are definitely wonderful aspects of being a writer. I especially like #10 :-). Oh, and there's this one: You don't have to worry about how unfair life is; you can have things turn out any way you want when you write.

  2. You hear voices in your head, but you don't get locked up in a rubber room.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  3. Spending hours reading other blogs isn't wasting time, it's building a web presence :-)

  4. #7, for sure! Otherwise, I'd be staring out my windows all day, sure the neighbors were all involved in suspicious behavior...

  5. Margot; You have to love the power.

    Terry; You learn quickly not to tell too many people about the voices.

    Sarah; Of course! It's forward-thinking! It's building for the future!

    Elizabeth; I'd be busy finding nefarious explanations for every mysterious noise my house makes.

  6. Hard to say which one is best, but I have certainly lived up to # 1 these days which I have spent at home because of a flu.

    Did you see this hilarious blog post last week, by the way?

  7. Dorte; Gracious! I hope you're feeling better. Thanks so much for the link to that post - I do follow that blog, but I must have missed that one.

  8. Excellent! Did you know that Shakespeare created over 1700 words! Zany that is - and zany is one of the words. I like all these reasons why it rocks to write. Also, wearing pj's to work.

  9. No dress code? I thought it was pajamas.

  10. Jan; Wearing pj's rocks. And yes, I did know that Shakespeare was a major word-inventor. When you've that direct a line to the muse, you need to make up words.

    KarenG; Ah, you see that's the beauty of it. You can wear pajamas, I can wear a tweed suit with pearls.

  11. Well these ten points are certainly very accurate :)

  12. Love and love and love this. It was probably a writer who invented Pajama Jeans. Someone should look into that. :)

  13. Not to forget the flexible work hours and lying on the couch with your eyes closed constitutes "work" because you're percolating plot problems.


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