The Eight Best Things About Being an Author
by Patrick Hodges
You may aspire to write a book. Here, in my humble opinion, are eight reasons you should go for it! Following the reverse countdown format, and without further ado…
8. Research. You want to get your facts right, of course. If you haven’t done the type of internet investigating that might just put you on a watch-list for the Department of Homeland Security, then you’re not doing your job.
7. Omniscience. Come on, what other profession is there were we REALLY get to play God?
6. Revenge. Don’t piss an author off. We will put you in our story, and kill you off in the most egregiously heinous way possible. (Unless you write kids’ books, in which case, you’ll get the biggest wedgie of all time.)
5. Satisfaction. We’ve all had that moment when we’re on a roll, when our fingers are flying and the words are pouring through them like electricity, when we behold our own work and want to scream from the rooftops, “I am AWESOME!!”
4. Catharsis. You can’t type “THE END” and not feel some sense of accomplishment. Whether it took you weeks, months, or decades to reach that point, typing those two little words does something to you. It makes all the sleepless nights and hair-pulling worth it.
3. Lunacy. All writers are a little crazy. And as a writer, you can get away with saying all kinds of weird shit. For me, it’s gotten to the point when I expect people I know to turn to each other and whisper, just loud enough for me to hear, “Oh, that’s Patrick… he’s a writer.”
2. Direction. For the first time in my 46 years on this planet, I feel like I’ve discovered my purpose. Even if I never win another award or make any bestseller list, I know this is something I want to do until I draw my last breath.
1. Validation. Without a doubt, the best thing about being an author is knowing that something YOU created has had an impact on someone’s life. Whether it be your words, your characters, or your story, hearing that something you wrote has resonated with another person (especially a child) is the best feeling there is.
Patrick Hodges lives in Arizona with his wife of 15 years, Vaneza. After doing weekly columns for entertainment-related websites, he has turned his attention to writing fiction. He is passionate about sending positive messages to young people. Joshua’s Island is his first novel. A sequel is in the works. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or “like” him on Facebook.