Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for Work

This year for the A-Z Challenge, I'm attempting to act like I know what I'm talking about and offering advice about writing.  Let's see how I do!

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If you want to make writing into a career, you need to treat it like a job.  Perhaps you can’t treat it like a full-time job due to work and family commitments.  That’s okay.  When you’re trying to gain traction as a writer, it’s going to be a juggling act.  Nevertheless, whatever else you need to do in your life, you need to make a place for your writing.

Set aside a block or two of time each week to write, even if it’s only an hour a week.  Treat that time commitment like another job.  During that time, barring illness or emergency, you need to work.  This is, after all, the career you want.  You owe it to yourself to make that commitment.  If you treat that time as dispensable, you’ll be cheating yourself.

As with any other job, writing requires dedication and discipline, especially since you’re the only one holding yourself accountable.  The good news is that writing, while difficult, can also be quite fun and rewarding.  It’ll be worth the effort you put into it, so you may as well give it the best you’ve got.


  1. The secret is not to make it the last thing on your list, because by the end of the day, you'll be exhausted.

  2. This blogging challenge taught me that not only do I need a regular writing schedule, but I need to take my writing seriously. I am my own worst enemy, discounting anything I write as "trivial"

    I've already started planning how I will fill these daily A-Z blog posts with other creative writing endeavors.

    Molly @MyCozyBookNook
    My Cozy Book Nook
    Revising Life after 50

  3. I was watching a youtuber yesterday who was talking about how he came to be a full timer. He said in the beginning he didn't give up his day job. Instead, he did the videos in the evening and on the weekend. In his opinion by succeeding there, he proved to himself that he had the drive to make the gig full time.

    His advice made some sense to me. If you really want to do something, you WILL find the time and energy to do it.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  4. As a full-time freelancer, I write all I have to set aside time for fiction writing while still writing 2,000 plus words a day for my clients. Not easy, believe me!

  5. Working on writing was something I didn't understand growing up. I would write the bare minimum and be on my way. I didn't understand the time and dedication it took to write something of quality.

    So, I'm working on taking this writing more seriously. I haven't set a time to write because my schedule fluctuates. But it's worth it.

    G. R. McNeese from
    Project Blacklight

  6. Good point. I really want to write. But until it pays, it does not. And this challenge taught me a little planning goes a long way. I think you know a lot about writing.. (unlike your disclaimer). I have found them engaging. Thanks,
    #AtoZChallenge - W is for Wisdom