A writer is an innocent liar, a soother of troubled minds, a gluer of broken hearts, a rememberer of forgotten dreams, a trickster that can make others laugh by tickling himself… The joy of playing all those roles, that is the great advantage of being a writer. And then there are other perks as well…
Enlightenment, because you read much, and books lighten up the darkest corners of your mind.
Freedom to be eccentric, because most people agree that writers should be a little quirky.
Treatment for melancholy, because writing about your misfortunes makes you feel better.
Quiet, because most books are written in chambers where silence reigns supreme, away from the bustle of the noisy world.
Home life, because you can change the world from your own bedroom while wearing pajamas all day.
Tolerance, because when you create stories you deal with the good and the bad, the moral and the immoral, the weak and the strong, and you learn to understand and to accept contrasts.
Solitude, because the world is crowded and giddy and not always a good place to be in. Those that can live alone tend to have strong hearts and clear minds. They also have small families, it’s true.
Everlasting hope, because every story you write allows you to create a new life for yourself.
Low accident risk, because when you spend so much time indoors in a cozy and familiar environment like your attic you are not likely to trip over anything and break an arm or a leg, or get involved in a car accident, or be bitten by a stray dog, or get into a brawl because of a woman. It’s a dangerous business going out your front door, said Tolkien, and I agree.
Opportunity to travel, because if you write a good book and people read it you could go on tour.
Enhanced eyesight, because for a writer a red shawl worn by a pretty woman on the street can be so much more than a piece of fabric… it can be a metaphor, a theme, the spark for a story.
Personal fulfilment, because the satisfaction you get by turning your ideas and emotions into stories that make other people happy is tremendous.
Contentment, because when your writing resonates with another reader, you feel a profound satisfaction that warms the heart and makes you exclaim floccinaucinihilipilification!
Immortality, because if you tell a great story you make an important contribution to the cultural heritage of the world, and you will be remembered. You would have not lived in vain.
(Recently I’ve also written about The Disadvantages of Being a Writer)
What other advantages would you add to this list?