The Perks of Being a Writer

Posted on: 11th Jul 2013  /   Categorized: Writing Life

Just a short post today, because lately I’ve been in a “aren’t I lucky this is my life” sort of mood. So I thought I would list some of my favorite perks that come with the job of being a writer.


– We get to work in our pajamas! (Probably my favorite perk of all time.)

– Reading is productive – it’s all market research, after all.

– The freedom to set your own hours and take breaks to go see a movie in the middle of the day if you want to.

– You can work with a cat on your lap. Bonus if they’re purring.

– You can work almost anywhere. Parks, restaurants, aboard a yacht… if you had a yacht. Or knew someone with a yacht. Hey… do any of you have a yacht?

– “Company retreats” generally refer to you, your pajamas, and a lot of chocolate. No silly ice breakers involved.

– That, or writing retreats with other authors, where you get to drink wine and eat cookies and talk about agents and editors like… you know, real writers.

– There are lovely people in New York who will take you out to eat when you’re in town.

– You get to do all sorts of cool things in the name of “research” (which means they’re also a tax write-off).

– Also, books are a tax write-off.

– You get to meet other authors at conferences and signings, including some of your personal icons.

– A certain amount of eccentricity is expected of you.


Whether writing for you is a hobby or a career or a hobby-waiting-to-become-a-career, there are all sorts of perks to be had. What are some of your favorites?



  1. am2142 commented on:

    That just makes me want to be a writer that much more! Of course, I’m homeschooled so I’m already accustomed to whole “work in your pajamas” concept. At least I won’t have to change habits! I also like to write because it gives me an excuse to listen to music that my brother doesn’t like. And no, unfortunately, I don’t have a yacht. But if I did, I’d take you with me. 🙂

  2. Vyki Carswell commented on:

    I already want to be a writer, and have a book in progress, and this makes me smile even more about it! Especially the part about books being a tax write-off (as if I needed more excuses to buy books)! I got a small taste of some of these perks when I did NaNoWriMo last year- yeah I could definitely deal with that for my career 🙂 Great post!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  3. Cathrine Bock commented on:

    I’m not a full-time writer (yet!), but I am a wedding photographer, which means I get to enjoy a lot of those perks already! Most days I never even have to put on real pants.

  4. Sarah Hipple commented on:

    I notice that a lot of the perks seem to involve food (esp chocolate!). And pajamas. Now those are some perks I could get behind.

  5. Kim @ Book Munchies commented on:

    I love that pajama perk. One of my pt jobs is pretty laid back, so I’m sure I could get away with it. I’d just hate to have to wear my lovely, comfy pjs into the city. Plus I’m sure it’d garner more than a few odd looks. Haha.

    Sometimes I wish I were a writer. There’s all these half-baked ideas I have that I give no outlet to. But then I get distracted by the next book on my TBR and forget all my aspirations.

  6. Whitney commented on:

    This post makes my light shine brighter. Thanks Marissa.

  7. Liz DeJesus commented on:

    Definitely spending the day in my pajamas. Being able to take my ‘work’ anywhere and meeting new people.

  8. Your Name commented on:

    I’m only a teen who happens to love reading and writing, but I know that it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. One of the perks– my mom doesn’t seem to mind when I’m on the computer because I’m writing all day. Oh, and another– spending early mornings at Starbucks is the best. There’s nothing that can compare to the enjoyment of a writing day at Starbucks! At least, for me. 😉 My favorite thing, though, is meeting other people who love to write, and they sometimes turn out to be just as nerdy as me.

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