My 12 Favourite Things About Being a Writer


To all my non-writing friends, here’s a bit of understanding as to why I’m passionate about writing and call myself a writer.

Writers are a different mob, like painters, sculptures, artists and dreamers, we create. We choose our pursuit because we cannot, not. Writing is an integral part of us and we should embrace our writing self. Give yourself a big hug of encouragement when you start doubting your ability. You were meant to write and enjoy it.

My favourite things about being a writer are:

  1. I create characters who become my friends (yes even the baddies)
  2. I’m allowed to daydream
  3. I’m lucky enough to travel the world (even if it’s only in my mind)
  4. I get to research the most amazing topics
  5. I grow from the study of the craft of writing
  6. Reading is fundamental to writing (and there’s nothing better than relaxing with a book)
  7. I can openly observed the world going by and draw inspiration from it (I’m not staring I’m observing)
  8. I can find my characters in my street, where I travel, in my dreams – everywhere!
  9. I have an excuse to open my laptop or notebook wherever I am (I do not do this on the toilet – ever, but you’ll often find me on the lounge writing, while my family watch TV)
  10. The written word interest me, even if it’s just a blackboard quote in front of a café.
  11. My writing desk is my domain and my organised chaos
  12. I like saying, “I’m a writer”. (Doesn’t it sound exotic and creative?)

    Thank you Writing for being a part of me

    Thank you Writing for being a part of me

The good out-weighs the bad but I do have a few things I don’t like about being a writer. They include:

  • Non writer’s think you must have a published book to be a writer
  • Writing is not always easy
  • People don’t take being a writer seriously as a real job (unfortunately, yes I do have to hold down another job too)
  • I can’t read any book without doing a bit of editing or critique
  • I nearly always know what will happen at the end of a fiction book (and most TV shows)
  • I am open to rejection (but can be euphoric when I get an acceptance)
  • I’m too broke to actually travel (Zanzibar on my mind)
  • I’m always daydreaming (I love it but it sometimes muddies real life)

What are your favourite things about being a writer? Please comment below and get the discussion flowing.

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About donnadmunro

Donna Munro is an author, freelance writer, blogger, graphic artist, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). She recently formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon', because she's too impatient to wait any longer. Donna lives on the Gold Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but still feels young. She often joins her husband's pool cleaning business, just for fun (but is unsure if she's all that helpful). She keeps fit and has a fondness for elephants (she sponsors Tundani in Kenya) and owls. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand while reading a novel at the beach.

Posted on March 10, 2015, in Publishing, Writers, Writing tips and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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