All I have to do is uphold my end of the bargain—park my butt in front of the computer and write. Sure, I have to spend a fair amount of time on promotion, but what business doesn't have to sell itself?
I love that all my writer buddies are smart cookies. There aren't a lot of unintelligent authors out there, although certainly the profession has its bottom-dwellers, but I haven't ever run into any.
One major perk of the job is watching people's reactions when I tell them what I do. They get so excited, tell me how they should write too because, you know, they have the best story idea ever. And maybe they do, but they haven't written it and probably never will.
I love when visitors come into my office and gasp at my wall full of book covers (even though the majority are for short stories and novellas). They always say, "Did you write all those books?"
What I love most of all is that I can say, "Yeah, I did."
If you're a writer, what's your favorite thing about it?