7 Reasons Why Being a Writer is so Awesome!

NIGHT OWLS PLEASE APPLY


1. I am, by nature, a night owl, I don't even get up till almost noon! My most creative moments tend to happen between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 am. Don't ask me why it's just the way I am wired. So having a job that I can do around my own unique time clock is a great thing and what comes in at least a good second is that since I don't have to get up until I want to, I also don't ever have to get dressed.


I DON'T HAVE A THING TO WEAR!


2. Which leads me to the next perk about being a writer...you don't have to get dressed in the morning! One of the things I absolutely loathed about working in an office was trying to figure out what to wear every single day! Maybe, it's because I attended a parochial school for 8 years and was forced to wear a uniform. Maybe I just never got the hang of figuring out what I was supposed to wear in a corporate setting. Of course, it doesn't help that I hate the fashion of the day or that I think a suit and pumps are the most uncomfortable and ugly things you can put on your body. I don't know what the reason is but when you are a writer you don't have to worry about mundane things like clothes and boy do I love that!


I LIKE YOU


3. People like writers. Most people don't have a clue how to write so they are in awe of writers. It's almost up there with ..well a “D” list celebrity. Unless you really make it like Stephen King or Carrie Bradshaw (oh yeah she was ficticious but you know what I mean), then you are right up there with the celebrities. But, even if you're just a mediocre writer banging out a living, hanging out at Starbucks, people like you. Writers never really hurt anyone, they aren't like politicians that everyone wants to tar and feather, they aren't boring like auto mechanics or salesmen (sorry to any auto mechanics and salesmen out there, if you happen to be reading this). I used to sit in Starbucks and write and the staff just loved it, they always asked me what I was writing about and if I was someone famous. I enjoyed the questions and made believe that I was someone great and famous pounding out the next New York Times best seller or at least an article that would make me a little coffee money ;)


WHO DID YOU SAY YOU WERE?


4. No matter how famous you get you still get to keep your privacy. No one knows what writers look like. It's great! Even though you might want a little fame now and again, not being recognized is an asset. You can go anywhere and do anything and know one knows you. You can get fat, old and ugly and no one cares. If you suck at writing know one knows that either. Personally, I wouldn't mind a little fame now and again but that's just me..on to the next perk.


SAY WHAT? NO UP-FRONT COSTS!


5. Writing for a living doesn't cost you anything up front! I've done a lot of things in my life and most “jobs” that have anything to do with the term “self-employed” costs money and usually a lot of money! Writing costs practically nothing! Most people already have a computer and access to the internet. Other than that all you need are ideas and ideas are free! I love that I can create something out of nothing. I don't have to get supplies, I don't have to refrigerate anything, I don't have to haul boxes of things around and try to sell whatever it is I'm making. I don't have to get a license or a permit. Nope..writing is start-up free!


THE HOLY GRAIL: PASSIVE INCOME


6. The next perk is one of the very best. Can you say “passive income”. Passive Income is one of the best things about writing for an online magazine like Hubpages. Now, some of you out there might argue with me about this and I will concede that you do have to tweek your articles now and again to make sure that they are relevent but for the most part once you write an article (especially if you aim to make it an evergreen article) you just send it out there and it keeps making money for you year after year. It's awesome! Unlike rental income that you have to constantly keep up and deal with new tenants, as a writer you are free to go on to the next project knowing that your last 200 or so articles are still working hard for you, still bringing in the bacon. Isn't that the best!


THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER


7. Finally, the last really awesome thing about being a writer is that you can do it ANYWHERE! You are free, free, free at last! How many jobs out there can you say that about? I plan on working my way around Europe for about a year in a couple of months and when I embark on my adventure I will write, write, write about my travels everywhere I go. Not only will travelling give me things to write about but I can make money doing so. How great is that!


I love writing, I think it's one of the best professions out there. And, if you are lucky enough to be able to make a living at it, well then, it just doesn't get any better than that!

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I smiled when I read the title and I smiled all the way through...and that, my friend, is a great review for you. :)


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Billy, I meant every word!


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Encouraging article. I've been a writer of some sort for a long time, but the only real money I've made was at some form or other of technical writing. At least something like hubpaes lets me write things I want to write.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I think the key to making money writing (at least on Hubpages) is to think like you are going to google a question and then answer it. Thanks for becoming a fan and commenting "dahoglund".


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John Sarkis 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What a thought provoking article; very neat and self-revealing. Yes, once we hit 50, dressing up gets to be a real feat sometimes...you can write in your pajamas and still be productive.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks John, I never get tired of hearing kind comments ;)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Great insight here and thank you for sharing your 7 great reasons for being a writer, and they are truly great reasons!

Up and more and away

Blessings


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks again Faith, you're the best!


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I agree with you wholeheartedly, except that I haven't freelanced much. There has always been a job opportunity lurking around waiting to reel me in. (I got one job simply because I could correctly spell "avocado", really!) I wish I had time to watch your videos, but I'm sitting here making my living by editing other people's work, and we are forbidden to watch 45 min. videos on the job. Thanks for a good hub. Good luck on your trip to Europe. Voted up and shared.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "MizBejabbers" your comments are always a treat.


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Kristine Manley 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love this article, Brie! You are so "write" when you say passive income. I like getting those notifications about monies to my Paypal or checking account. This article gets a thumbs up!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "Kristine Manley", I love that you love it..you made my day.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

I too love writing and I love this hub. Up and awesome!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "breakfastpop", I appreciate your comments.


bradmaster 2 years ago

While, I agree with your enthusiasm on writing, I don't really see hubpages as the rewarding outlet for writing.

First, the only ones making real folding money on writing on hubpages, is hubpages, and google.

Second, as evidenced by the comments on this hub, there is at best a viewer audience, and very few people that actually give a hub any sizable feedback.

I have seen this hub after hub. If there are lots of comments on a hub, it is usually a handful of people making multiple comments.

I feel sorry for many of the hubbers that put in a lot of time, work, and research into their hubs, and many of them don't even get one comment.

These are merely observations.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I make real folding money here on hubpages, so that just isn't true.


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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

You keep my hours. Awesome! Thanks for sharing... all great reasons, for sure! ;-)


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "Homeplace Series".


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bizwin 2 years ago from England, UK

This is a great encouragement for people who are thinking if writing can be a profession. Thanks!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Fiaz Sufi 2 years ago

Great 7 reasons to be happy if you are a write. I mean one should not choose writing if he can not love writing despite the fact he/she finds all these 7 true for him/her. Good article though.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Fiaz, glad you enjoyed it.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and I learn much from you. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and have a nice weekend!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks "prasetio30", you make me want to re-read it ;)

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