1. Everybody has a book in them. And there was me thinking it was Crohn’s Disease. But seriously. You’ve lived a life, unless of course you’re currently watching Googlebox? You’ve seen so many things. Witnessed high and lows, loved and lost and seen so many characters and happy and sad occasions. Why not wrap it all into a backdrop of a fictional story?
  2. Writing is good for the sole. Yes I know that fish do not eat books but I just wanted to make sure you’re paying attention. The creative process of writing cleanses you better than any bathroom product. It can be cathartic and uplifting. And what’s more it’s free! Now how many things can you say that about?
  3. It’s such a proud achievement. Think about it. It’ll be around for people to read long after you’re gone. It’s your gift to those who knew you and those yet to hear of you. Your children will cherish it. Even those who hated you will have to grudgingly admit that you left a mark…. or a stain, depending on your point of view.
  4. Who knows? You might write a best seller. Let’s face it. There are so many questionable authors out there who only get published due to their z-list celebrity status or due to their friend and family connections. And many others who could never be described as fantastic writers but had one good idea and, through a series of essential lucky breaks, now live the good life. A certain Ms Rowling anybody?
  5. You can meet other writers. I never tire of reading how other writers got into writing and what provoked their stories and ideas. You can get so much inspiration from others as well as secretly plagiarising them. And you’ll end up with some very nice friends into the bargain, unless of course you get caught.
  6. You can now self-publish and so don’t always need a publisher! This is every potential writer’s winning lottery ticket. Most publishers, well almost all to be frank, will look for any reason NOT to publish you. I’ve been turned down so many times that my new novel will be called ‘Fifty Shades of Rejection.’ But with the growing power and the reach of social media, publishing your masterpiece has never been easier.
  7. There is no limit to what you can write about. You can literally free your mind to inhabit any world you desire and explore it to your hearts content. Surely it beats watching hours of terrible acting on all of those soaps? Come to think of it, a colonoscopy beats watching soaps don’t you think?
  8. It might earn you some cash. Actually, it might earn you a lot of cash if some screen writer sees it, falls in love with your idea and then offers you a ridiculous amount of money for the film rights. It probably won’t happen of course but as the old saying goes: you just never know. But then again if you’re not on the pitch you can’t interfere with play.
  9. Nothing will give you as much satisfaction as to when you write those two little words. ‘The End’ Now it’s just the small matter of completing the preceding thirty chapters to be taken of.
  10. Once you’ve finished the first one you’ll now be convinced that you can write a better one. And you will because from that moment you’re a writer my son……. or daughter.

Laters.