Saturday, February 15, 2020

15 Things to Love About Being a Writer


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

We all know there are aspects of choosing to write for a living that can make life tough. It’s easy to get focused on just the negatives. Today I want us to celebrate the best parts of being a writer!

15 Things to Love About Being a Writer
1. We get to use our own experiences—good and bad—to impact others. I’ve learned that we all share a lot of the same fears, hopes and struggles. Writing gives me a chance to share what I’ve been through and watch it impact others.

2. We hear voices in our heads and it’s completely normal. Not only is it normal, but it’s downright scary when our imaginary friends stop talking to us

3. I can buy books and write it off. Books are some of my favorite things in the whole world. Now I need to buy them to further my career.

4. We can take revenge on those who irritate us. Of course we don’t make them recognizable, but it makes us feel better when we can expose their actions in our books. After all, there’s a reason for that old saying, the pen is mightier than the sword.

5. We get to work in our pajamas. Or at least in comfy clothes. There’s something to be said for working at home where we don’t have to worry about how we look.

6. I get to be the boss. I’m a total control freak, so being in charge fits my personality perfectly. I’m in charge of me, my schedule (to a certain degree) and I get to tell my characters what to do.

7. We get to be friends with other writers – and some of them are famous. Some of my first heroes were authors. Now, I’m friends with other writers and get to hang out with the people I’ve always admired.

8. We get to research anything we want. I like to think of it as a healthy curiosity. I refuse to accept my husband’s description of me as nosey.

9. We get to hang out in coffee shops and libraries. I love the atmosphere of coffee shops and libraries. As a writer, I have a legitimate reason for hanging out there.

10. I get to buy pens and paper. Again, these are some of my favorite things. But since I earn my living as a writer, I have to have them for my business.


11. We get paid to make things up. No, not when we’re writing articles and things like that. But for those of us who write fiction, we get to create everything from our imagination.

12. We get fan mail. It’s not the fan mail exactly that’s the best. For me it’s hearing from someone I don’t know that has been touched by the words I wrote. I love getting to see glimpses of God working through me.

13. I get to be weird. Writers look at the world a little differently. We can embrace that because people expect it. No need to hide behind a mask of normalcy.

14. All those hours of daydreaming are legitimate work time. Even if we write nonfiction, we still have to come up with new and different ways to present the information. That means time spent thinking and dreaming is a workday requirement.

15. We are courageous enough to follow our dreams. We talk a lot about the fears that come with being a writer. It’s important to never forget the courage it takes to following our dreams. That's something we should celebrate!

These are my 15 favorite things about being a writer. What’s your favorite thing? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,

Edie

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website,  through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

5 comments:

  1. Loved this! I enjoy the discretionary time component. Other than mostly blocking off my mornings (work time) I can schedule appointments, meetings with women I mentor, family things any time I want. It's so great to have that ability--after teaching for 20 years, when every day time off was a huge sacrifice (and a lot of work--sub plans). Now I just put my computer on 'sleep'!

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    1. Julie, great thoughts! Thanks so much for dropping by, Blessings, E

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  2. Excellent post, Edie. I love the way you LIST your important points and challenge ME to think of other points based on my experience. So, I have one. It's how we have opportunites to advance on our own path in HUGE ways by being connected with our writing heroes on blogs like yours and theirs. I read blogs by professional photographers and guitarists (my other loves). They will share camera settings for a particular photo, how to play a certain lick, or how to dial in a tone - but those are only moments in time, not learnings and wisdom about a journey. My writer heroes enthusiactically share tips, wisdom, and advice (even humorously) about the craft we love - all based on their journey. 99% of my progress in photography and guitaring has come from practice, practice, practice. MOST of my progress and confidence in writing have come from you (who always make me think and stretch), Henry McLaughlin (who suggested I increase tension by killing an important character), Sarah Sally Hamer (who suggested recently who to kill and how), Lynn Blackburn (who manages mystery and humor so masterfully), and Julie Lavender (whose balance of spirituality, family, and writing resonate consistently with me and inspire me in character development.) Photography and guitar playing bring me joy, but are lonely journeys. Writing also brings me great joy, but I'd be a bookless, frustrated reader or movie watcher if I tried going it alone. My item #16 is having 24/7 device access to writers and knowledge that inspire and advance my writing journey.
    Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

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    1. Oh Jay! Thank you! And thank you for adding #16. I'm in the same boat as you. I cut my writing teeth on websites, blogs, and email loops from more experienced writers. I doubt I'd have kept on writing without their constant encouragement through those online sites! Blessings, E

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  3. Edie, I love your article. Thanks for sharing some of those advantages we have as writers.

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