Three best perks of being a writer

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Yep, it’ s a hard job writing fiction books for a living but really, the perks just can’t be beat! Here are the three best things about my wacky job.

1.  It fosters curiosity.  As you’ve probably heard me say before, my other job is an elementary school teacher and you’d think that would be high on the “fosters curiosity” list too, but frankly, teaching 26 kids of varying levels and needs takes every bit of mental stamina I possess. In a word, I’m too busy to indulge my curiosity much while in the thick of things, but writing is lovely because it causes me to ask questions. What if a massive earthquake hit an old opera house? How would a man react to having his childhood disease return? What would it be like to be uncertain of your own identity?

2.  It can be done anywhere. My favorite location to write is sitting opposite my wild tangle of tomato plants, banging away on the keyboard while butterflies and finches do their thing. I’ve also written in coffee shops, the back seat of cars and composed tricky sections mentally while in the bathtub. (Do yourself a favor and don’t imagine that last one!)

3. I can provide justice in an unjust world. I only read the paper on Sunday and it’s INFURIATING. I know God’s justice will prevail ultimately, but I’m maddened to see how things are going along right now. I mean this I.S.I.S group? Violent crime in the U.S.? Children betrayed by the people who were supposed to protect them? I feel powerless to set anything right on planet earth, but in my books? Oh you’d better believe bad people will be punished! SEVERELY! I know it’s only fiction, but there’s some comfort in that, right?

So what are the perks of your current job or those you’ve held in the past? It’s a big prize month here at the blog. The September prize is a signed book, Starbuck’s card and a fun fall treat! I so value all of your comments!

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sarah Postma on September 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Today has been a year exactly since I started my current job. One of the perks of it is getting to know people on a personal level, and its been such a blessing.

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  2. YOUR BOOKS ARE SO AWESOME ! CAN’T GET ENOUGH ! GOD BLESS YOU !!!

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  3. Yes, it’s always fun to play with the “what if” question. Another perk as a writer: you can eavesdrop without feeling guilty. Always looking for more material : )

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  4. I agree there are many perks of being a writer. I like meeting other authors and talking about books, going to schools and talking about ohio frontier history and my books, and going to book fairs and meeting the ones who’ll be reading my books. As a Christian, I’m blessed to let God direct my writing to show that pioneers had to trust the Lord in a dangerous world.

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  5. I’m a full time writer, so I enjoy the same perks as you, although how about add, working in pajamas, making new friends with imaginary people, having an excuse for your people-watching habit. (in restaurants, my husband always says, quit looking over there and listening,)

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  6. Posted by Jane Squires on September 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I have not worked in years. I worked from home for many years while I raised my girls because of what all I learned while I worked a job. I was able to help people out who could not expect to pay an Accounting firm. My job has enabled me to be Secretary to my husband and do all his paperwork, etc. as a Sectional Royal Ranger Leader. My years of reading have now opened doors for me to review – no pay – only get books which I then pass on and many people have been touched by your books I have passed on. They will stand in line to get them.

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  7. Posted by Suzan Michet on September 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    The perks of my part-time job at the school are hugs, hugs, and more hugs ! Walked down a different hall today just as the kids were coming in from lunch recess, and bumped into a bunch I had last year and was smothered in hugs ! Loved the phrase “I missed you Mrs. M” !

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  8. I’m a housewife and it’s a rewarding job supporting my husband while he provides for our household and the needs of our local congregation. We are emptynesters now but it was rewarding raising our daughter into a well-adjusted, God-fearing, productive member of society. The best thing I do now is share the Good News with those who have an interest. Like you Dana, I hate reading about all the injustice that exists in this world, but continue to pray for God’s kingdom to come where justice and righteousness will prevail. Daniel 2:44 is one of my favorite scriptures detailing this. Oh…I almost forgot, having time to learn about great authors like yourself, and to be inspired by them is rewarding to me. Thank you for what you do. Happy writing!!

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  9. Posted by Linda Presley on September 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    AWWW the perks of my job! Retirement!!! Go to bed when I want, get up when I want, go on vacation when I want, eat when I want, do as much or as little as I want! Love my job!!!! Spent many years to acquire this one. Think I will keep it for the remaining golden years!

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  10. Prior to and first couple years of college, I worked in a restaurant and a clothing store. I loved the interactions with people (as well as despised it at times). You meet so many interesting people when your job is to serve others. Then in college I was a Resident Assistant. I learned so much by having to plan bulletin boards and put on programs for the residents, and developed a lot of life skills.

    Well, I went to school to be a teacher and I had a long-term sub job for awhile. There was something so gratifying to when students “get it.” Although, getting a career in education isn’t what God seems to have planned for me currently (if at all for the future), I’m now a stay-at-home wife and that seems to have some of the best perks of all. It is lovely to set my own schedules,allows me to be available to help out with various family needs, and best of all, gives me time to pursue my own writing.

    I loved the three perks that you suggested for writing, because I think they are all quite true. As for that first one, I think I can amaze my husband with some of the story ideas that can pop up in my head and cause me to ask questions that could develop into a plot.

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