by Tina Wainscott
10. You can explore mysteries, what-ifs and universal truths, and you can solve them in whatever way you want. You can stretch your imagination to the outer lmits, and make your reader believe, even for a short while, in magic.
9. Whenever you space out and forget where you’re going, or spend two hours in the bath, you can always blame it on the people in your head who at last decided to reveal their deepest secrets. (Of course, if you tell this to someone who doesn’t write or read fiction, they might send you on an expense-paid trip to the funny farm!)
8. You can buy books as a legitimate business expense. Better, you can read books as a legitimate part of your job.
7. You can go to work in your pajamas if you want, or at the least, sans panty hose, makeup and 18-Hour bra.
6. You can have torrid sex in public (or unlikely) places and not get arrested.
5. You can be the person you always wanted to be: braver, thinner, sassier, with perfect skin and thick hair. But, just like in real life, your characters can’t be perfect.
4. You can be the person you never wanted to be: A bitch, psychopath, murderer, even the opposite sex. You can be whatever you want for a while, without any repercussions.
5. You learn to develop a balanced sense of self. You’re dancing with angels when a reader tells you you’re the best thing since the invention of chocolate; you’re in the dregs of self-esteem when your editor tells you your latest book is great—or will be when you’ve completed the ten pages of revisions she’s going to give you.
4.Your mother was wrong—it’s okay to tell stories after all.
3. Writing is the one place in your life where you can be god and control your world. If your characters let you, that is.
2. You can have torrid affairs with sexy men and not risk divorce or the fiery gates of hell.
1. The best, absolutely number one part is knowing that what you love doing will touch someone’s life and take them away from their troubles for a while.
This was published in Romantic Times Magazine, December 1998.