Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Writing Life Rocks

Our friends at Ragan recently published the results of a poll, in which they ask freelance writers and editors what they enjoy about the writing life. We thought this was a great question, and we were curious to know what keeps our Gotham Ghostwriters (and editors) going. So we asked, "What's the best part of having a job as a writer or editor?" We got a lot of creative and informative answers.  
The basic breakdown:
  • I get to be creative every day: 5
  • I get to write for a variety of platforms: 2
  • I help others sound better: 5
  • I produce a tangible finished product: 3
  • Other (please elaborate!)
    • I get to be alone
    • I get to meet interesting (and famous) people
    • I like seeing my name in print

And here are some of our favorite answers :
"Permit me to offer a quote from English writer W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), from his novel, 'Cakes and Ale': 'Whenever he has anything on his mind, whether it be a harassing reflection, grief at the death of a friend, unrequited love, wounded pride, anger at the treachery of someone to whom he has shown kindness, in short any emotion or perplexing thought, he has only to put it down in black and white, using it as the theme of a story or the decoration of an essay, to forget all about it. He is the only free man.'" - Harold Gordon
"...when people ask me what I do for a living, it's a kick to say, 'I'm a writer.' Always the same thing follows. 'Do I know your work? Have you written any books?' That I can say 'yes and 'yes' is rewarding. Books are not all I write or edit or direct. At this point in my career I write, edit and direct it all, and I've learned more about such an array of businesses, industries and topics that this in and of itself is very rewarding. I can even talk about hernia repair and medical conditions. Now that's something!" - Sandra Rea-McGinty
"The money, the travel, the danger, and the women." - Peter Roff

1 comment:

Tim said...

Yeah, one of the best things about being a writer is the reaction of others. When I hear "So, Tim, what do you do?" and I reply, "I ghostwrite nonfiction books," I always get raised eyebrows and a reaction that says, "Cool!" Almost everyone wants to be a writer, and that results in a great deal of interest.