The Best Thing About Being A Writer

The August issue of O magazine has a special section on "Inside the Writer’s Mind," wherein they interview "six terrific novelists" about writing. 

The first question they ask is, "What’s the best thing about being a writer?"

Jeffrey Eugenides , author of Middlesex, said that, "The best thing is also the worst thing. It’s that, no matter how long you’ve been at it, you always start from scratch." National Book Award nominee Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica, said that, "The best thing about writing is being able to clearly express things in a way you can’t express in conversation." Reading these responses made me ponder what I considered to be the best thing about being a writer. The answer came instantly–it’s that I’m never bored. Ever. Here are the ways in which I’m never bored:

  • I’m never bored professionally, because, as a writer, there’s always something else to learn.
  • I’m never bored mentally, because, as a writer, I can, and do, always make up stories.  Making up stories is how I order and make sense of my world.
  • I’m never bored in that world, because as long as I have pen and paper (and I go nowhere without it), I can always write.   

Anybody else want to tell what they consider the best thing about being a writer?

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