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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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25 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 ( 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. Great to meet you tonight!

  6. Wendy says:

    Number 10 on that list is my VERY favoritest!!

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

  7. Mary Gray says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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

  11. jcwright says:

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

  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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 🙂

  14. Lauren Ball says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. jcwright says:

    You are so welcome! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  17. Kris Neff says:

    We met briefly in 2010 at the Publishers Convention in Sandy. I published my first book with Granite and they have closed up. My second book didn’t pick up a publisher. Any suggestions on finding an agent or do you use an agent?

  18. jcwright says: was a tremendous help to me in researching the sorts of agents I felt would fit with what I wrote. I do have an agent. I researched her on, found out what sorts of books she represented, and then submitted to her. It took several tries before we found something we could work on together, but I was pretty determined to have her as my agent because she’s amazing and she works hard and because she knows her business and best of all she is nice and makes me happy to communicate with. After reading several interviews with her and then talking to several people I knew who were represented by her, I knew I wanted to work with her. She came to a storymakers writing conference and I made sure to meet her and gain a personal connection. I would suggest researching the sorts of agents who rep the sorts of books you write. It will save you time in submitting to people who won’t be a good fit for you. When you find the ones you want to work with, query them. It might take some rejection letters and you might have to write a few books to find the one that sticks, but don’t give up. An agent is valuable and worth getting if you want to write in a bigger market. I believe an agent would be valuable in our local market as well, but there isn’t enough money to make it worth an agent’s time. My best advice to you is to NOT sign a contract without someone with greater insider legal knowledge than yourself looking over it first. An agent can do that for you. AND GOOD LUCK!!!!

  19. Dave Pettegrew says:

    Hi Julie, my wife has your book To Catch A Falling Star she purchased in Oak City. I was wondering if you could tell us what basic tools you would suggest to start writing with like Microsoft or some thing along those lines. Any suggestions on clubs to join tools to use would be greatly valued. Best Regards Dave Pettegrew

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  20. jcwright says:

    Hi Dave. Wow, To Catch a Falling Star is a blast from the past. I actually bought my rights back from the publisher to get it out of print. For basic tools on writing, I use Microsoft Word. Back in the days of To Catch a Falling Star, I wrote it by hand in a spiral notebook. I actually wrote my first three books in a notebook. But now I use Microsoft Word for pretty much everything. Every now and again, I do work in InDesign, but there’s a huge learning curve on that one, so I don’t suggest it. MS Word is great. I don’t know of any clubs local to Oak City. My best advice is to read a ton of writing books for education. Some of my favorites can be found listed on this web site:

  21. Debra Burr says:

    Dear Julie, I just finished “Eyes Like Mine” and love love loved it. That story could have easily been mine. I have been working on our family history, and have been reading about a fouth generation grandmother who joined the LDS Church after the death of her husbad. She left England with three sons and settled in Parowan, Utah. Her name is Elizabeth Bentley and one of those sons became my third great grand father. My full name is Debra Bentley Burr. I have just become one of your many fans. I just started “Cross My Heart” and am sure I will enjoy it just as much. Sincerly Deb from Ferron, Utah

  22. Audrey says:

    Got The Fortune Cafe and you wrote one of the parts

  23. Lee Modesitt says:

    You’re hard to get in touch with.

    If you’d email me.

  24. Victoria says:

    I was at a cousin reunion and family martriarch birthday in So Cal. Just happened to be reading Olivia. Couldn’t stand the hubbub of all the people so decided to head to the ocean. Missed our exit and ended up in Newport Beach; no coincidence there, right? I’ve got pics of lifeguard stand 19 with the sun, sand, sailboat and my book. I wished to stay forever or at least until I finished the book. I had to settle for a gorgeous sunset and a bowl of chowder.
    I identify with Livvy. We really try. And being a mom is such a gift. I, however, created a home of joint responsibility with spouse and kiddo, to work together. We could have so much more adventures when we got our chores done quickly and well.

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