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1. For the most part, you are your own boss--You're alone in your office/house. Or maybe the kids are sleeping and this is your time to create. YOU decide precisely how much work you get done.
2. No cubicles for you--At least not unless you work for a newspaper, and even journalists have to get out of the office. Writers get to create their own habitat which can and most likely includes coffee, breakfast, lunch and all things edible at your desk. Or maybe tea and chocolate. And nobody is going to judge you for the condition of your desk.
3. You can choose your background noise. Whether it be music, TV, screaming kids or silence, you choose your racket.
4.You make your own hours. You eat, sleep, poop and shower whenever you want. Just as you pick the destinations of your characters, you pick what you do all day.
5. Genius mode. The euphoria you feel when you've written paragraphs of brilliance that you're bursting with pride from having those words coming from YOUR brain.
6. Awesome reviews--Nothing strokes the ego while simultaneously giving profound relief like good reviews. It's confirmation that the tales you hold so dear to your heart are appreciated. And that all your hard work was worth it.
7. You meet a lot of other writers and fans. That's a blast. No one understands you like other writers and the adoration of fans is a drug that reaffirms that you know what you're doing.
8. Just expressing yourself and the images in your head is worth pretty much any cost. It's why we do it. It's the reason why it's all worth it.
Stay tuned, and I'll tell you the pitfalls of being a writer. Just not next week.