When you’re a writer, you don’t have to think hard to realize the benefits of being an author, because those benefits are likely things you look forward to enjoying every single day. Whether you’re published or not, being an author can be an exciting career. In addition to being enjoyable and rewarding, there are many other benefits as well.
Let’s Take a Look at the World of Writers
Many people wonder at some point in their lives what it would be like to become a writer, and regardless of the type of writing you do, there are many benefits about writing for a living. These include:
- It allows you to express your creative side. You can write stories, express opinions, and share your talent with people all over the world. It’s a great career to have when you love being creative.
- You get paid for it. If you’re a professional writer and have a book on the shelf at a major bookstore, you can look forward to royalties year after year, which is passive income.
- You will be looked upon kindly. Most people treat writers with high esteem, which can go a long way in increasing your self-confidence.
- It is always easy to boost your business. Once you have something published, it is only a matter of time before you publish something else, and it gets easier with every book you write.
- People consider you an authority. In most people’s mind, you are an expert on the topic you’ve written about, or an expert in writing well at the very least.
- You get personal satisfaction from being a writer. If you’ve published a book, that book becomes your baby, and you will always be extremely proud of it.
- You can continue to build on your reputation. Your reputation can enable you to participate in other types of writing work, including blog writing, ghostwriting, and article writing.
- You can use your career to your advantage. You can branch out and hold seminars and classes, because there will always be people who want to benefit from your knowledge.
In addition to these things, being a writer has numerous perks. These include being able to work from home, the fulfillment you feel when you’ve finished a writing project, an endless potential for income, and the freedom and flexibility that most people don’t get to enjoy. These are unique things, and they can be yours if you decide to be a writer.
Different Writers Have Different Perks and Advantages
Of course, there are specific perks and advantages to being a writer, depending on the type of writing you choose to do. If you write books, for example, you can earn up to a seven-figure income every year, especially if you’re getting royalties. You also have a lot of outlets, thanks to the digital world, including e-publishing, blog-writing, and the fact that it is always possible that your book could be made into a movie.
If you choose to write for magazines, you could end up writing articles, quizzes, feature stories, informative pieces, and even columns. If you freelance, you can send in your article and if they accept it, you usually get paid per word for it. In fact, if you’re not ready to start a novel yet, it might behoove you to start writing for magazines.
One of the biggest benefits of being an author is the fact that you can work from home, which means you can literally work in your pajamas if you like. You can set your own schedule, take a break when you need to, and work uninterrupted, which provides many benefits on its own. As long as you have some self-discipline and are organized, this could be a great career for you to have.
Writing is also a career you can keep for a lifetime. If you hate switching jobs regularly and you love writing, this could be the perfect occupation because there will be no more nerve-wracking interviews or getting frustrated at your current job. You can also switch writing types periodically to keep it interesting, such as going from short stories to magazine articles, blogs to e-newsletters, and so on.
If You’re Already Published
The advantages and perks of being a writer are of course increased once you become a published author. People take you more seriously and you can boost your opportunities simply because someone published something you wrote. Just how do these opportunities come about? By participating in the following activities:
- Arrange for a book signing at a local bookstore. People love to hear about local authors who have made it big!
- Become a guest author for online and local publications.
- Arrange to conduct a workshop or class.
- Send out a press release announcing the publishing of your book.
- Become a guest on a local television or radio program.
Just the press release alone can bring you to a lot of these opportunities, because once the editors of radio stations, television stations, and local publications get a copy of it, you are almost certain to get a call from one of them asking you to appear on their show. They may even give you a little free promotion if they’re so inclined.
In addition, there are many other benefits when you’re a published author, including:
- You get to experience a lot more out of your life. Some people go through life without half of the excitement that you’re going to experience as a writer.
- Financially, it doesn’t cost you much to get started. You only need a computer and some time set aside each day for you to write.
- You get to travel and do fun things in the name of “research”. After all, you have to research your book, so why not make it an enjoyable experience?
- You can inspire others. Imagine how good it will feel to know that you have inspired other people to read more, start writing, or even learn better English skills!
- Of all of the benefits of being an author, none beat this: your books on the bookshelf in a major bookstore! Enough said.
In addition, just think of all of the potential advantages of being an author, which include things such as fame, wealth, being able to entertain readers, doing something you love, and of course, the many intrinsic rewards that include feeling good every day about what you’re doing for a living.
You can also enjoy perks such as:
- People will respect and admire you.
- You will soon get some true and loyal fans.
- You can get testimonials for your website and your next book or writing.
- You can grow your client base a lot faster.
- Your opinions start to matter to people.
- You can enjoy continuous learning, which is good for everyone.
- You are more aware of everything going on around you.
- You gain the attitude that anything is possible, which makes the statement true.
You simply feel more control and power over your life once you become an author, and the self-confidence that you gain from these advantages benefits every aspect of your life. Your life will never get boring if you are a writer or a published author.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Once you’re published, you have access to a lifestyle you may not have known existed, and the list of perks of being an author is a lot longer than you think. Other than being able to wear what you want and set your own schedule, being an author is great because it:
- Allows you to pick and choose your clients. After you’re published, you won’t have to worry about taking on unpleasant clients just because you need the money. You can call all the shots instead.
- Enables you to specialize in any field you wish. There are a lot of different fields of interest available, and once you’re established as a writer, you can choose the one you love most.
- Lets you be either low key or aggressive when recruiting other clients. You’ll still need clients to keep yourself in business, but you can now choose how you wish to obtain those clients.
- Allows you to take your time with your writing. Sure, you’ll have deadlines, but there will be a lot of writing projects with no deadline, so you can write them at your own pace.
- Allows you to market and promote your own products. You’ll no longer have to let go of that aspect of your job, because you’ll be the one in control of it.
- Lets you become an even better writer over time. Since you’re now writing for a living, you are naturally going to get better at it all the time.
- Enables you to ask for bigger fees. Since you’re now published, you have a right to make more money with each job you do.
- Enables you to choose whether or not you want mentors. Mentors are especially beneficial when you’re a newbie, and you can still have them after you’re published – but you don’t have to if you don’t want to!
- Lets you write completely alone or with other writers. The choice is up to you.
- Lets you write on any subject matter you wish. No more sticking to dull, boring stories or articles.
- Allows you to write until you’re very old. In fact, if you never want to retire, you won’t have to if you’re a writer!
When you’re an author, you can help others in ways you never could before, especially since you are able to reach audiences all over the globe. People in all economic situations and living in any part of the world can benefit from your writing, and this is a great feeling. If you’re published, you can also drive more traffic to your social media sites, all without trying any harder.
Of course, one of the biggest benefits of being an author is that it is a great way to leave behind a legacy. As long as your books and writings are around, you will be, too. In a way, you will never die if you’ve been published, because your writings will remain in publication until the end of time.
Some of the other perks include the number of tax write offs you can take advantage of, as well as the ability to work almost anywhere. As long as you have your computer and an internet connection, you can write at home, at the library, at the park, at the beach, or almost anywhere else. That means you can sneak in some writing time wherever you go, regardless of the day or time.
Some Final Thoughts
Being a writer is always worth the frustrations you may occasionally experience, especially if you cannot imagine doing anything else. People expect writers to be eccentric, so you can show them what you’re made of if you are a little on the odd side. If you’re worried about being too lonely because you’re a writer, don’t forget that you can take advantage of conferences and writing workshops whenever you like, which will give you a way to meet and talk with other writers.
When it comes to your characters, you can get out a lot of your frustrations by creating characters and making them do what you think you should’ve done, letting something happen to them that you wish would happen to an ex, and even live vicariously through one of these characters. In addition, you can live another person’s life for a while through your characters, which can be quite cathartic.
You can also keep strange hours – get started at 10 p.m. if you like – and no one will question you. No more 9 to 5 routine and no more feeling out of control when it comes to your salary. You’ll get fan mail and hate mail, work whenever you want, but sometimes you may have to work at times you don’t want to work, and you will either love your job or hate it every minute of every day. For most writers, however, no other lifestyle makes any sense.
These are just a few of the perks of being a writer and/or published author, but they are certainly not the only ones.