Thursday, November 24, 2011

Why I'm thankful to be a writer

It's Thanksgiving here in the US and we're celebrating it in traditional style. Hubby will cook an elaborate feast, we'll stuff ourselves and then complain about how much we ate for the rest of the day LOL. I've been looking at posts for a couple days that talk about what people are thankful for. I'm incredibly fortunate and thankful for so many things, but at the top of that list is my family. I have a husband who only annoys me like 13% of the time :) and happy, wonderful kids who haven't managed to serisouly injure each other yet. What's not to be thankful for, right?

The other thing I'm incredibly thankful for is being a writer because it's only relatively recently that I even knew it's what I wanted to do. I've already had one successful, rewarding career. It was challening, engaging, satisfying and even fun, but it wasn't my passion, it didn't drive me, it didn't consume me, I didn't need it. That's what writing is, all of that. It's the career of my heart. And this is why I'm thankful for being a writer:

  • There's no dress code. If I like, I can wear my PJs all day. Of course, the kids don't like it when I have to do drop offs at school that way, but the additional sick pleasure I get from torturing them is just an added bonus.
  • I get to work from home. All the time. Within shouting distance of the fridge, the coffee machine and the left over Halloween candy. Okay, okay, that's not exactly a perk LOL.
  • I'm the CEO of my own business. I'm my own boss and get to set my own hours, develop strategy and decide where I'm headed with all of this. I don't answer to anyone. Of course, that means if I slack off I have to kick my own ass.
  • I get to write about sex. A lot. I get to come up with the ways my characters will get it on and how they'll get off. And I have to be careful. They can't get too much, too soon. What would be the fun in that?
  • I get to construct the perfect man. Every book. Alpha? Check! Hot? Check! Knows his way around a woman's body? Check! Sacrifice anything for his heroine? Check! Sigh....
  • I get to hang around online. What!? Hey, it's 'marketing and promotion'. Right? Regardless :), it enables me to interact with people I never would have otherwise, readers and writers alike, and I LOVE that immediate connection. Of course, if I do it too much, see point number 3 above.
  • I am the grand ruler of the entire universe!!!! In my books, that is. I decide everything, down to the smallest detail about my characters and who they are, what they want, how they act, their dreams, goals and fears. I get to torture them mercilessly before I give them their happily ever after, but I haven't heard any complaints from them so far.
See? Pretty cool, huh? That's what I'm thinking about today - how thankful I am that I'm doing what I love, surrounded by people I love.

H A P P Y   T H A N K S G I V I N G to those who celebrate it and if not, why not be thankful for soemthing anyway? I'd love to hear what YOU'RE thankful for!!


  1. You said that so perfectly I need to print it and hang it up!

  2. Karenna, thanks!

    Rula, I might have to do that to remind myself during those times when I'm on the legde!

  3. Excellent post! Applies to all of us who love the writing life.