I was not a social child, and I do not like to be told what to do, much less when and how to do it, so school was tough for me. A snow day was manna from heaven, and the day the pipes froze at my elementary school was proof of a benevolent Deity.
I contrast the sense of grim endurance I grew up with to the way my days roll along now, at least my published author days (lawyer days are a different matter, but they are gradually becoming fewer in number). So here's a list of reasons why your children might want to grow up to be writers...
1) No time clock. I write when I want to, whether that's 5 am or 11 pm, or both.
2) No uniform, not even the informal "business casual." I wear my jammies, my nightie, my fuzzies, my yoga pants... whatever I feel like wearing.
3) No loud, inconsiderate co-workers... though the dogs bark when the mail truck comes by.
4) Nobody ever takes the last cup of coffee (or tea in my case). Nor do they steal my lunch from the employee fridge.
5) No time sheet. When I publish a book, I earn money. Nice and simple.
6) Lovely readers. My readers have to be the most kind, supportive, good-humored, constructive, tolerant.... oh, I could gush about my readers.
7) Lovely writin' buddies. The overwhelming majority of authors and publishing professionals I've come in contact with have been wonderful people, always ready to lend a hand or an encouraging word. The few pikers in the bunch, well, the rest of us use them as inspiration for our villains.
8) Variety. If I run out of writing steam, I can always go looking for my next cover model, do some research on the London Beer Flood,, or catch up with my Facebook friends.
9) Challenge. You try coming up with a story that has the character arc of a tragedy, the happily ever after and warmth of a comedy, the pacing of a thriller, the external conflict of a mystery, the prose of good literature... with not one but two protagonists, and a world that many of the readers are expert on. Every word has to count, and every detail has to be right.
10) Meaning. I believe in love, It's our highest motivation, our greatest comfort, and our most sincere frustration, and life without it is mighty bleak. I get to write about love, and the courage love
What job could possible top the one I have when I sit down to write a book?
What is the ideal job for you, or what do you enjoy most about your current job--and by job, let's please not limit the discussion to paid occupations. Some of the greatest challenges and most important efforts we put forth (parenting!) are often uncompensated.
To one commenter, I'll send a signed copy of Will's True Wish, wherein, our hero finds out that his job is not only to train dogs, but also to obey the commands of love.