For most writers, the day job—with the salary and the health insurance that often goes with it—is as much part of the writing life as our words on the page. Sure, we all dream of quitting our day jobs and writing “full time,” but the fact of the matter is, with the exception of a few best-selling or celebrity authors, most writers work a day (or night) job. And you know what? Having a day job to support your writing can be a good thing, so long as you’re willing to reconsider how you think about your job and it’s relation to your writerly aspirations. After all, your day job offers you a pre-structured schedule and the worry-free finances you need to actually get do your writing—and that’s just the beginning.
Writer with a Day Job: Creating Balance between Your Work and Your Writing Life will look at ways in which we can fit regular writing into our busy days. As parents and/or as 9–5 workers, the days seem already packed. But The Writer’s Guide to Beating the Daily Grind will help you to re-examine your schedule to find an optimal and regular writing slot—a time that works best for you.
Her free advice on writing includes:
- Attitude adjustment, including the act of regarding yourself as a writer and according your writing due significance in the competing demands and the "bucket list" of your life.
- Scheduling: Find the time. From sun up to bedtime, there has to be 10 minutes in there someplace!
- The best times to write: What works. What doesn't work.
- On the commute or on your lunch hour: How to set yourself up for timed writing
- Writing at the doctor's office or in other unexpected places: How to get the most from those incidental moments throughout your day.
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About the author
Áine Greaney, author of Writer with a Day Job, is an Irish-born writer (from County Mayo) now living on Boston’s North Shore. She has published mostly fiction, including the novels Dance Lessons and The Big House and the story collection The Sheepbreaders Danceand Other Stories. She also writes personal essays, features, and wellness and travel articles. She teaches and lectures at various schools, wellness programs, libraries and arts locations.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications (Creative Nonfiction, Natural Bridge, The Larcom Review, The Literary Review, Under the Sun, Stone Canoe, The Sunday Tribune New Irish Writing, Merrimack Valley Magazine, Cyphers, and The Sunday Boston Globe Magazine) and anthologies (The Fish Anthology, Irish Girls are Back in Town, From the Heart of Ireland, and Lost and Found: An Anthology of Teachers’ Writing).
You can visit her website at www.ainegreaney.com.