As a writer, I think I have a pretty cool job. There cannot be many occupations where you are allowed to spend countless hours in private contemplation, just imagining. Clearing my head (which often involves going for a walk or taking a cycle ride along the beach) is a very important aspect of my creative process (or at least that is what I tell my family and the people I work for). When my mind drifts (and it doesn't take much to start this process), it takes me down a whole new career path, one that I spent most of my teenage years (who am I kidding, most of the last four decades) dreaming of. In my mind, I'm a rock star.
There are many similarities between the roles of writer and rock star (and not all of them are positive):
- They are both creative jobs.
- They can both lead to fame and fortune (although most of us will be lucky if our creative output pays the rent).
- Some writers might even lead a bit of a rock and roll lifestyle (I now limit my creative stimulants to several really (really) strong cups of coffee throughout the day).
- Success in both careers can equally be attributed to luck as much as it can be to talent (although there is no substitute for hard work).
- You can wear what you want to work (although I'm perhaps a little too old for a spandex jumpsuit).
- There are plenty of "industry-type" people who will try and take advantage you.
- Most people who aspire to become either writers or rock stars fail.