What’s the best thing about being a writer?
E.A. Bucchianeri I’d say being able to go straight to work in your comfy jammies, bathrobe and puffy slippers with a cup of coffee in hand and a box of chocolates nearby is not too bad! Seriously though, as a writer you become a storyteller and a sharer of ideas, what can be more awesome than that? The best thing about being a writer is the creativity, and you can be creative on so many levels as a writer. Writing fiction means that in most cases you construct characters that never existed before, get to experiment with them, see what happens, and oh, so much can happen. You get to share your ideas with the world, not to mention learn new things in return. Creativity needs to be fuelled, (and requires more than coffee and chocolate!) Writing both fiction and non-fiction equals hours of research and is an engrossing part of the work, but if you’re an information treasure-seeker like me, you’ll relish the hunt for historical documents, trivia, facts and fact checking, academic journals, news stories, not to mention searching out new avenues to get you inspired by reading as much as you can. Since the arrival of the internet, writers have never had it so good in the way of research. Non-fiction in particular gives me a chance to explore in depth the topics I find interesting. Then, when the research is nailed down to the best of my ability, I love playing with words, hammering each sentence into place and polishing them up, getting everything to read and sound ‘just right’ depending on the work currently in progress. Hopefully, what I write about will also interest and intrigue my readers, be it fiction or non-fiction. I know, not everyone will like what I write, but writing is not about trying to please everybody. It is an art as well as a skill, and each book or article is unique to each writer as a painting is to each artist.
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