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Goodreads asked Jeff Shear:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Jeff Shear Best thing? Writing fiction. Why? Creating characters and shaping them out of words that breathe life into their unique behaviors is spooky-good fun. And annoyingly difficult. :-) Getting those "living" characters into situations -- where decisions are called for or dangers arise -- sharpens your logic. BTW, you must be cruelly honest with your text, which surprisingly is a special pleasure in itself. Setting a scene raises your attention levels. You find the tiny elements that comprise character through social settings. It's in these details and interactions that you discover a person's soul. (Here, I need more practice.) You learn to watch for behaviors, as poker players look for tells. BTW, you'd be surprised at how much you notice about people/characters when you're not trying! For instance, you begin to notice how people use their hands or shift their weight. Foreheads are expressive and become a big deal. :-) Sitting is an art. TV drama is great practice for writers. Actors are just characters stuck on a stage instead of a book. Finally, as other elements of your career develop, you become a better, more insightful member of the audience. That gets a Wow! In sum? There are many "best things" about writing. I've mentioned just a few. Thank you for asking! It's an honor to answer questions like yours.

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