I want to know why, if I can deduct the cost of my laptop, my travel, and my office space, I canâ€™t deduct this:
I have what I call a Mindless Pool (which the manufacturers call an Endless Pool) because you swim against a jet so you never need to think about turning around. Whenever I have a tricky bit of plot, I go out in the morning and turn on the jet and swim upstream for half an hour, and the plot obediently straightens itself out.
Take the other morning. I was working on the final scenes of The Language of Bees, and had to find a way (donâ€™t worry, no spoilers here) to bring together four characters from their disparate directions. So on go the goggles and hum goes the jet, and in a few minutes I think, what if there werenâ€™t four, but five? And then it all knocks together, and I realize what Iâ€™ll have to do to set it up differently, and I turn off the jet and roll on the cover and go start the day.
So why canâ€™t I deduct those writing expenses?