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What did 20 percent of authors say was so great about writing?

When I was writing How to be a Brilliant Writer I asked my friends in the Scattered Authors’ Society if they would like to contribute some quotes in answer to the question, ‘What’s so great about writing?’

 

One of my favourite answers, from Linda Newbery

One of my favourite answers, from Linda Newbery

 

And another one, from Cindy Jefferies

And another one, from Cindy Jefferies

About 30 authors sent me their thoughts, and a staggering 20 percent of those said the same thing. ‘What’s so great about writing? Being able to do it in your pyjamas!’

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I love that about writing too. Sometimes, I can still be in my pj’s at lunchtime – for example, right now, as I’m writing this! But it isn’t just that I can write through the day in my pj’s if I like; I love that I can write in my pj’s all night if I like too.

When my children were young, I never tried to work in the daytime during the school holidays, but I’d often get up and do a few hours of writing in the night.

I love those middle-of-the-night writing sessions. It’s a silent, magical time, and I do some of my best and most enjoyable work while the rest of the world is asleep.

A silent, magical time

A silent, magical time

Even now, when I can write all day every day if I like, I still sometimes get up in the middle of the night to write. I make some tea, settle down at my desk and get stuck in. When I feel tired, I go back to bed for a couple of hours of delicious morning napping.

I’ve never been a timetables sort of person, so I love that the writing life has its own rhythms, which move and change with no two days the same.

That’s part of what’s so great about writing for me. What’s so great about writing for you?

 

6 thoughts on “What did 20 percent of authors say was so great about writing?

  1. Hi Jenny,

    I love Everything about writing. 😀 The idea’s, the writing, making the characters up, their faults, strengths, likes and dislikes. The hard bit is the spell check, getting all the comer’s and stuff right. 😀

  2. Hi Jenny, we have much in common! Pyjamas in the daytime and night-time, the quiet magic of the night, moon-bathing. I love learning through research, the paths it takes me down, discoveries, serendipities, the wonderful, helpful people I meet, being part of a community, the travelling … and … weaving the words, ideas,inspirations into stories to entertain 🙂

  3. I love that idea of living outside routines and normal timetables, that freedom. I have not got to that stage yet, but it’s something to aim for! Especially the moon-bathing.

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