Why I Write Reason 31: Writers Are My Role Models

Obviously, in wanting to become a writer I looked to other writers for inspiration. It’s helpful, emotionally, to know that they’ve struggled with the same sorts of things that I do. Knowing how they approach their work and practice their craft has guided me in shaping my own processes. Reading stories of how they landed…

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Why I Write Reason 30: I Set My Own Schedule

The advantage of working a 9-to-5 job, or any sort of job with set hours, is that at the end of your shift you can walk away. You get to leave it all behind, go live your life, and forget about work. Most creative people aren’t wired like that. Some people have to create as…

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Why I Write Reason 29: I Can Work From Home

Successful entrepreneurs don’t work 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week. With apologies to Tim Ferriss, whom I find alternately inspirational and annoying, most entrepreneurs can’t pull off a 4-hour workweek. That might be a goal, someday, when things are up and running, That assumes you’re setting up a turnkey operation, though, a business…

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Why I Write Reason 28: It Makes Me Happy

Most of the reasons that I write seem to revolve around my finances, my creative impulses, and even my physical and mental health. There’s one reason that’s probably the most basic, while also the hardest to explain. I write because it makes me happy. It’s a much more complicated concept than it seems. When I’m…

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Why I Write Reason 27: I’m Not Good at Other Things

Writing wasn’t always what I wanted to do with my life. Back in high school I wanted to be a comic book artist. I worked hard at it, drawing every day and practicing how to draw people, landscapes, and every conceivable type of object. I even got accepted to the Kubert School, back when it…

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