Ever since I was a little girl, I thought the best job ever was to be a writer. I could just imagine myself sitting in a café, with a cup of coffee, and a laptop open on the table as I wrote. It sounded so glamorous to me. It reminded me of J.K. Rowling and how she used to sit in a café and write the first book in the Harry Potter series. I’m sure she did not know at that moment that the Harry Potter books would rise to international fame. She was in her thirties when she wrote the first book in the café.
I am soon reaching the age that she was when she wrote the first book in the Harry Potter series. I have written in cafes, fulfilling my writing dream. As of this writing, I have not yet published a book though. Still, that does not diminish the fact that I still enjoy writing. And I still think that being a writer is the best job ever.
5 Reasons Why Being a Writer is the Best Job Ever
- Work from Home
- Change the World
Work from Home
Being a writer means that you can work from home. That means that you can write wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Inspiration can be found anywhere, so there shouldn’t be a limit to where you write. You can set up a work station in the bathroom, your feet propped up on the toilet with a laptop on your lap, and just go to town with your words. You can write in the back of a closet, the kitchen, or your backyard.
As a writer, you can choose your own hours. You can write during a traditional 9 to 5. Or, you can take the graveyard shift, if writing at night is your fancy. You can write for as long, or as short, as you want, and take as many breaks as you like. In fact, I am writing this article at 4:00 in the AM, before I have to start my other job.
I feel as if there is a certain amount of prestige at saying that you are a writer. I feel as if people tend to respect that. I think being a writer creates this sense of respect because to be a writer you have to have a strong sense of determination and motivation despite getting rejections from publishing houses or criticism from naysayers. At least, that is how I have always viewed writers. Of course, there are negative connotations associated with being a writer, but I’m not going to get into that now.
Being a writer means that you get to write about a plethora of subjects. That means that you end up gaining some level of expertise on any given subject. If a client asked you to write about the eating habits of the howler monkey or the ten different uses of bubble wrap, then you would have to do some research and voila you would know way more than you should about those topics.
Change the World
Being a writer means that you have the privilege to bring important issues to the forefront of people’s minds. If there is something that annoys you, then write about it. Let people know why it bothers you. The only way that change can happen is through communication, through writing. For example, my ethnicity is a huge part of who I am, and the way that I have been perceived has shaped who I am. So, I wrote about it in a blog post because I wanted people to know what it’s like to be multiracial or to not quite fit into any one category. Being a writer means that you can be a voice for these marginalized issues.
Being a writer is the best job ever, because of the flexibility you have. You have a certain level of prestige and expertise from the general public. You also have the extraordinary ability to create change in the world. Isn’t it amazing that you can change the world from the comfort of your home?