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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.


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, 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 and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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