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At every one of my book signings, it is inevitable that a random stranger will stalk my signing table as if they were on safari and I was a bird with some rare sort of plumage. They end up confessing their longtime dream of becoming a writer. I think they believe somewhere in the backs of their skulls that trying to peddle your art in a bookstore signing for several hours is glamorous. Don’t judge them . . . let them have their dreams.

Though there are some down sides to the whole writing career concept, there are some definite perks:

Top ten reasons you should be an author:

1.  It’s one of the few jobs that can be done in your pajamas.

2. When your spouse comes homes and finds you lounging around on the couch with a book in your hand, you can always smile and say, “I’m studying my genre.”

3. No one gives you a second glance when you start talking to yourself because that’s just what crazy writers do. It’s expected.

4. You can write off parts of your vacations from your taxes as research as long as you use the locations in your writing (I think my next character needs to hike Machu Picchu).

5. It’s one of the few jobs (besides being a lawyer or politician) where you get paid to make things up.

6. If you’re in a foul mood you can blame it on your characters misbehaving, or you can blame it on a cruel Goodreads review. No fair jury would convict you.

7. Unlike reality, you have time to come up with smart remarks and clever comebacks so your characters can always sound brilliant even if you don’t.

8. You get to throw around words that make you sound important like, “My editor,” or, “My agent,” when you’re talking to people who were jerks to you in high school.

9. You can count the hours you spend messing around on Facebook as important marketing time.

10. If someone ticks you off, you can write them dead in your next book.

Writing has been a million shades of awesome for me, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve met some of my best friends through writing and cannot imagine my life without them. And there is something truly humbling about reaching the end of your story and realizing that you’ve accomplished something great.

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17 Responses
  1. Lauren Ritz says:

    I quit my job almost a year ago to focus on my writing, and I have to agree with you–there’s nothing else I’d rather do! Which sounds rather pathetic, but it happens to be true. :) I am loving it, and hope it won’t have to end.

    You’ve been tagged! Go to my blog (Lauren-ritz.blogspot.com) to find the details for the 7-7-7 challenge!

  2. gannon says:

    best book ever loved hazardous universe if i could rate this it would be five and a half stars. i loved it so much if i could celebrate my sons birthday he and i would invite you your the best author ever. : p

  3. Great reasons to write.

  4. Beverly Bonham says:

    I just finished Cross My Heart. I am an avid reader and I have to say that I really enjoyed the ride. You have a really great sense of humor and your charactors are likable. Thanks for giving us great light entertainment without the trash.

  5. Shanna says:

    LOVED THIS!!

  6. Great to meet you tonight!

  7. Wendy says:

    Number 10 on that list is my VERY favoritest!!

    “I will eviscerate you in fiction!”
    – Chaucer, A Knights Tale

  8. Mary Gray says:

    Love the list. Especially number 2. Number 4 hadn’t ever occurred to me. Brilliant!

  9. Brenda Gallaher says:

    Do you object my using your 10 reasons on my writing blog? I will be glad to state you as author of the reasons. Please let me know soon.

  10. Amy says:

    Excellent list. I love that writing also involves a lot of research, which means I can call research for my book “reference questions” when I’m at work at the library. :-)

  11. Jeff says:

    Julie, by chance are you the Julie Write who coaches business owners in an effort to help them realize recordable business success?

    If not, sorry to bother you. If so, I’d feel privileged to visit with you.

    Thank you, Jeff

  12. jcwright says:

    Sadly, I am not that Julie. But I wish you luck in finding her. She has an excellent name.

  13. Lisa Sledge says:

    Great meeting you the other day at LTUE. I blog-stalked you to find out which book it was that sent you to bed with a knife under your pillow. :)

  14. jcwright says:

    ha! That particular book is sadly not out yet . . . It was great meeting you as well. I hope you enjoyed LTUE and remember: students make great writing fodder :)

  15. Lauren Ball says:

    I enjoy reading your perspectives on the writer’s life. I look forward to reading more.

  16. Melody Gonser says:

    I wanted to thank you for your book. I got it for free and am looking forward to reading it. Just wanted you to know I appreciate it.

  17. jcwright says:

    You are so welcome! I hope you enjoy it :)

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