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?’
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!’
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.
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?