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Offline Jan Hurst-Nicholson

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It's good to be a writer because ...
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:37:29 AM »

You can lie on the couch with your eyes closed and still be working.
You can act out your fantasies through your characters.
You can get revenge on someone you dislike by making them a character in your book and having bad things happen to them.
Your eccentricities can be excused.
You can choose your own working hours.
You can visit naughty websites in the interest of research.
A four-hour appointment in the dentist's chair for prep for crowns can be made bearable by using the time to plot a novel.
A brief article about you in the local free newspaper gets you mobbed by one elderly lady in the supermarket who recognises you from your picture.

anyone else care to add  :)

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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 11:38:55 AM »
ANYTHING could potentially be qualified as research.  ;D

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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 11:46:19 AM »
You can write off your home office/software/internet/research material on your tax return
You have a good excuse (I have a deadline!) when you really want to watch Boardwalk Empire
Same excuse is also handy for Pajama Days!
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 11:53:15 AM »
To quote Steve Martin:  "And the most amazing thing to me is: I get paid for doing this."

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 11:54:16 AM »

You can listen in to other people's conversations on public transport and in restaurants and not feel guilty because you might one day use it in a novel.

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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 11:56:47 AM »
When my wife catches me looking at naughty pictures on the internet, I can claim I'm looking for covers.

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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 11:57:31 AM »
A four-hour appointment in the dentist's chair for prep for crowns can be made bearable by using the time to plot a novel.

Lol, I've actually done this! The villain in Night Touch is a deranged dentist (Dr. Pull). I gave the book to my real dentist. He said he was amused. He sure was rough putting on that crown, though...  :o

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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013, 12:00:00 PM »
...you can drink on the job.

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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2013, 12:03:59 PM »
Lol, I've actually done this! The villain in Night Touch is a deranged dentist (Dr. Pull). I gave the book to my real dentist. He said he was amused. He sure was rough putting on that crown, though...  :o

I'm still sitting with the temporary crowns. Have to go back on Friday for another 2 hour appointment. Had a tooth that didn't agree it needed to be extracted and the dentist had to drill into the bone - took about 20 mins to get it out. By that time I'd stopped trying to make the whole thing into a humorous article and needed a second dose of Rescue Remedy  :'(

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013, 12:06:16 PM »
Set my own hours
Dress code, or lack thereof
Guilt-free eavesdropping
Guilt-free reading in and out of genre ("It's research!")
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2013, 12:13:20 PM »
You can add to the artistic expression of our world and light up a corner of darkness where humanity might be hurting.

WHAT?

Okay, okay, it's because you don't have to wear pants.

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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2013, 01:10:26 PM »
Self-employed, no drug tests, work as much/little as I want, anything I want to happen will happen...And I can pretend I'm smarter than everyone who can't write a book.
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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2013, 01:14:14 PM »
The commute. Five steps from my bed to my desk in the morning.
Playing with/bossing around my imaginary friends all day (and there's not a damn thing they can do about it.)
Contributing to the world of literature which I've loved since birth.

  
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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2013, 01:18:22 PM »
It's the last job left in America where I can smoke at work.
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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2013, 01:36:59 PM »
You can lie on the couch with your eyes closed and still be working.
You can act out your fantasies through your characters.
You can get revenge on someone you dislike by making them a character in your book and having bad things happen to them.
Your eccentricities can be excused.
You can choose your own working hours.
You can visit naughty websites in the interest of research.
A four-hour appointment in the dentist's chair for prep for crowns can be made bearable by using the time to plot a novel.
A brief article about you in the local free newspaper gets you mobbed by one elderly lady in the supermarket who recognises you from your picture.

anyone else care to add  :)
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2013, 01:58:44 PM »
  • I get to "play God" by creating worlds the way I want them to be
  • I can have "invisible friends" and it's not nearly as weird as it would be if I wasn't a writer
  • I get paid to do the thing I would do for no money
  • I can read as much as I want guilt free
  • No boss, no commute, no one telling me what to do
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2013, 02:01:41 PM »
You can take a break whenever you want.
No set lunch hours.
It's okay to bring your dog to work every day.
You don't have to answer the phone.

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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2013, 02:03:49 PM »
You can be absolutely anywhere/everywhere/any position/alone or in a crowd and still be working - on the toilet, in the shower dictating, having sex and typing, flying and typing, eating and writing, thinking about sex and writing, breastfeeding and dictating, at work and dictating, having sex (from behind) and dictating - too much sex, need to stop writing in erotica!

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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2013, 02:18:27 PM »
You can be absolutely anywhere/everywhere/any position/alone or in a crowd and still be working - on the toilet, in the shower dictating, having sex and typing, flying and typing, eating and writing, thinking about sex and writing, breastfeeding and dictating, at work and dictating, having sex (from behind) and dictating - too much sex, need to stop writing in erotica!

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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2013, 05:48:16 PM »
My books require lots and lots and lots of research.  Oh wait, that's why it's good to be the spouse of an erotica writer...
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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2013, 05:55:05 PM »
My books require lots and lots and lots of research.  Oh wait, that's why it's good to be the spouse of an erotica writer...

Another reason I think I'm writing the wrong genre. I just get to talk with remotely-located nerds via the Internet for my research  >:(
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« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2013, 05:57:21 PM »
One of the things I HATED about my previously full-time job was the need to be accountable to everyone about every 15-minute slot of my time.

I gave the big bird to...
... mandatory daily word counts
... work plans and schedules
... deadlines

As long as I can write 2 novels a year from scratch I don't care where the time or words come from, and I can bum around on the internet as much as I want. Oh, wait, some of that would qualify as "research".
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Re: It's good to be a writer because ...
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2013, 06:06:30 PM »
You can go fishin' and come back with a book. (I write Bigfoot stories I hear from my fishing clients.)

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« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2013, 09:28:56 PM »
I used to get told off for lying when I was a kid, now I can do it all the time and it's called fiction! :)

 
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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2013, 09:37:58 PM »
I earn just as much money as my last job, and don't waste any money/gas/time on commuting :D