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Writer With a Day Job

In Writer With a Day Job by Áine Greaney Learn how to balance a day job and a writing life Find exercises, inspiration, and techniques you need to build creative expression into your daily life. Get quick, practical tutorials to help you master scenes, point of view, characters, settings, dialogue, and more
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Writer With a Day Job:
Inspiration & Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life Alongside Your Career

by Áine Greaney

Writer's Digest Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-58297-996-0

ISBN-10: 1-58297-996-0

$17.99 paperback, 240 pages

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Find out how to use your lunch break to build your writing life in this excerpt from Chapter 4: Writers, Take Back Your Lunch Hour.

About the Book

Don’t let the daily grind drain your creative energy! Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don’t wait. You can do both—and your writing will be the better for it.

Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing life is no easy feat, but author Áine Greaney gives you the exercises, inspiration, and techniques you need to build creative expression into your daily life and establish the productive writing life you’ve always wanted.

  • Make the most of your writing time early in the morning or late at night.
  • Harness the power of your lunch hour for writing, editing, and revising.
  • Use your commute—driving or riding—to power your writing.
  • Plan the perfect writing getaway.
  • Set goals, revise your work, and share your writing with coworkers. 

You’ll also get quick, practical tutorials to help you master scenes, point of view, characters, settings, dialogue, and more.

Writer With a Day Job gives you the strategies and motivation you need to work 40 hours a week (or more!) and achieve writing success.

About the Author

Áine Greaney (www.ainegreaney.com) 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 Dance and 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, andThe 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).

Table of Contents

Introduction

Section 1: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Setting Goals And Objectives

Tutorial 1: Writing Scenes

Chapter 2: Attitudinal Shifts

Tutorial 2: Point of View

Section 2: Let’s Go! Start The Habit Of Daily Writing

Chapter 3: Build Your Daily Writing Stamina

Chapter 4: Rise 'n' Write: Writing In The Morning

Chapter 5: Journal Writing

Chapter 6: Writing At The End Of Your Day 

Chapter 7: Writers And Dreaming

Section 3: Integrating Writing Into Your Work Day

Chapter 8: Drive-time: Thinking Out Loud On The Road 

Tutorial 3: Creating Memorable Characters

Chapter 9: All Aboard! Turn Your Train Or Bus Ride Into Writing Time

Tutorial 4: Writing Great Settings

Chapter 10: Before, During And After Work: Grab Your Writing Time When You Can

Chapter 11: Writers, Take Back Your Lunch Hour

Tutorial 5: Writing Dialog

Chapter 12: Truth And Fiction: Writing About Other People—including Your Colleagues

Section 4: Making Your Writing Better: Reviewing And Revising

Chapter 13: Going Back In There: Revisit And Rewrite

Chapter 14: Reviewing And Revising Your Own Work

Tutorial 6: Editing for Creative Writers

Chapter 15: Enlisting Others To Review Your Work

Tutorial 7: Giving and Taking Feedback—and Making those Final Choices

Chapter 16: Writing Away From Home: Writers Retreats And Conferences

Chapter 17: Writing 101: It’s Right There On The Candy Wrapper

Section 5: Author Interviews

Chapter 18: 20 Author Interviews

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