Writer with a Day Job: Inspiration & Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life Alongside Your Career

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F+W Media, Inc., May 9, 2011 - Reference - 240 pages
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Don’t let the daily grind drain your creative energy!

You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. 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! This book offers writers advice, skill-building techniques, prompts, and exercises in every chapter, and strategies on how to get and keep writing while also working the 9 to 5 grind.

Readers will discover tips and exercises for:Setting and protecting personal writing goalsCreating a schedule that complements their staminaGetting creative before and after work - and on their lunch hourFinding inspiration in the most unlikely of spots and at the most impromptu of timesWriting proficiently in multiple forms (long and short) so that they don't get bogged down writing one long projectBecoming an active participant in writing communities so they have a solid support system at the readyFiguring out how (if at all) to share their writing life with co-workers, friends, and family members

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.

 

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User Review  - paulinewiles - LibraryThing

There were some super-helpful nuggets for me in this book, such as: ~ Be grateful for your day job! ~ It IS possible to fit writing into your daily routine ~ Self-doubt is normal; allow yourself to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Getting Started
4
Lets Go Start the Habit of Daily Writing
34
Integrating Wrting Into Your Workday
73
Making Your Writing Better Reviewing and Revising
128
Twenty Author Interviews
198
Index
229
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Aine Greaney has published mostly fiction, as well as some personal essays, features, and wellness and travel articles. In addition to writing, she teaches and lectures at various schools, wellness programs, libraries and arts locations.

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