Perks of being a novelist

By Claire Dorsch, stafauthorsf writer

Photo by Emily Neuendorf, staff photographer

Novelists have one of the most difficult jobs. Coming up with new and unique ideas is tough and requires unlimited imagination. They work at all times of the year and don’t have conventional business hours like a doctor or a teacher would.

Depending on an estimate of how well their novel will sell, novelists are paid that amount upfront. Any extra profit comes from increased purchase of the novel as well as any other appearances they may make for publicity for the novel.

Being a novelist is strenuous and grueling work, but it does have its perks.

A major advantage is being able to work from anywhere. Instead of having an office or a specific workplace, a novelist can work from home. They may also write when they have time. There are no specific hours they have to work. It is very flexible and adjustable. They have deadlines to meet and it doesn’t matter when, where, or how they work as long as they stay on time.

“When you write, you play by your own rules. No one can restrict you and you can feel truly free,” said Chelsea Roundtree, 9.

Writing a novel is an experience in itself. Novelists create people, societies, and entirely new worlds totally unknown. Their imaginations run wild. Writers are paid to think up some of the craziest places and strangest creatures in the literary world; but like writing an essay, they must do all the right research.

Jane Archer, writer for “The Nest” once wrote, “Being a writer gives you the freedom, flexibility, and unlimited potential to learn.”

Some writers are not as educated about topics in their writing, so they must seek out experts on the subject. Writers are able to learn about unfamiliar cultures and other ways of life, and then mold it into their story.

Novelists may need to travel to find accuracy in their tales. One may travel to Uganda to learn about the supposed origins of a character they created. They must know what they are writing about for it to be entertaining. Although the topic may be fictional, few people might want to read a medical fiction if the terminology is wrong and the circumstances are impossible. They get to see new places and experience new things while doing the job they love.

Being a writer is also a chance to influence. The amount of people who started braiding their hair like Katniss is baffling and impressive.

Books like “Divergent,” “The Da Vinci Code”, and “The Second Sex” are all literary works that have influenced the world. “The Second Sex” influenced women to fight for their rights and “The Da Vinci Code” changed society’s views on Christianity.

This applies not only in the present but also in the future. Many writers do not dare dream of being as famous and remembered as Ernest Hemingway or E.E. Cummings. Such authors are idols and figures of worship and study. They influence people to strive toward such excellency, notoriety, and talent with just their work and the vehemence of their success.

While it is not the most glamorous of high-paying job in the world, being a novelist is something that many people enjoy doing professionally.

“I get to spend my days with my fictional characters!,” said Kaitlyn Hoyt, self-published author and graduate of Mt. Vernon. “I love my characters, and love that I can share their stories with others. If a reader can read between the lines of one of my books and connect with something on a deeper level…well, there’s no better feeling. It’s hard to describe. Also, I don’t actually have to leave my bed to write. That’s definitely a perk. I can stay in my pajamas and still feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.”

The job has its perks and advantages, and it has its little quirks and habits that comes with being a writer. They get famous, and they may leave a kind of legacy in their wake, which is what most people search for.


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