The best job in the world

So it’s official. According to a YouGov poll, writers have the most desirable job in the country.

Are we surprised? Of course not. Many of us have wanted to be a writer since we could spell it. It’s in our DNA. We have stories flying around in our heads the whole time, distracting us, and we cannot rest until we get them down on paper. Our favourite characters are our best friends. We know that there is nothing, nothing, as wonderful as getting an email from a reader of one of our books, who says it changed her life.

It’s not necessarily the most sensible job in the world. Or the best paid. There are no guarantees that our next masterpiece will be loved, or even noticed. We spend far too much time procrastinating and drinking tea. We get writers’ block. Sometimes (often) we hate what we’ve just written. We convince ourselves we can’t do it. But we’re writers, so we get on and do it anyway.

Sometimes it’s amazing. I’ve had a tricky week so far. I’m not sure I’ve written anything that will make it to the final draft, but I’ve been living (in my head) in a crumbling mansion in the North of England, surrounded by hot boys with guitars and fancy dress clothes.

I’ve been inspired by pictures like this, taken by one of my favourite fashion photographers, Tim Walker, in a house that has partly inspired the setting for my latest book. Checking out these pictures on Pinterest is Part of my Job. So is going to the cinema and seeing the latest films. So was my trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum last weekend. So was listening to this track by the Stone Roses.

The best job in the world? Probably.


12 thoughts on “The best job in the world

  1. I was surprised that being an author was voted the best job because many people deride writing. It’s not your usual 9-5 job and it is highly irregular as well. Maybe what people desire is the chance to just immerse themselves in their own worlds but at the same time, be self sufficient. I think what’s holding most people back from writing is that being a full time author doesn’t get you regular income unless you publish something. I may be wrong but this is my general idea of it. While we’re all open to just sitting down and giving in to our wanderlust in our minds, we’re also practical and have basic needs. Perhaps that’s why we all desire that job but most don’t take it up šŸ™‚

  2. But alongside the awful risks and anxiety, which are undeniable, even when you’re counting your blessings, comes the positive spin on the gamble of it all – you simply never know what might happen with any book you write. The next one might always be ‘the one’.

  3. A lovely post Sophia, and on a topic very close to my heart. Writing is a world away from jobs that pay you regular income- sick pay, holiday pay, a pension. But for me I do it partly because it’s NOT like that- I love the freedom of it, the quietness, the chance to do something completely different from my other day job. Writing does eat time and you have to be ok with the fact that you probably won’t earn much. For me I’m happy if I’ve got my bills covered (just) and my husband isn’t fretting over money. I think so many jobs are so stressful these days that writing appeals because you’re doing it for yourself- until you get published, that is!

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