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

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

by Aine Greaney


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

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 goals
  • Creating a schedule that complements their stamina
  • Getting creative before and after work - and on their lunch hour
  • Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of spots and at the most impromptu of times
  • Writing proficiently in multiple forms (long and short) so that they don't get bogged down writing one long project
  • Becoming an active participant in writing communities so they have a solid support system at the ready
  • Figuring 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582979960
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 06/05/2011
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,201,778
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section 1 Getting Started 4

1 Setting Goals and Objectives 5

Tutorial 1 Writing Scenes 13

2 Attitudinal Shifts 17

Tutorial 2 Point of View 25

Section 2 Let's Go! Start the Habit of Daily Writing 34

3 Build Your Daily Writing Stamina 35

4 Rise 'n' Write: Writing In the Morning 46

5 Journal Writing 52

6 Writing At the End of Your Day 63

7 Writers And Dreaming 68

Section 3 Integrating Writing Into Your Work Day 73

8 Drive-Time: Thinking Out Loud On the Road 74

Tutorial 3 Creating Memorable Characters 81

9 All Aboard! Turn Your Train or Bus Ride Into Writing Time 86

Tutorial 4 Writing Great Settings 90

10 Before, During, and After Work: Grab Your Writing Time When You Can 96

11 Writers, Take Back Your Lunch Hour 105

Tutorial 5 Writing Dialogue 115

12 Truth and Fiction: Writing About Other People-Including Your Colleagues 119

Section 4 Making Your Writing Better: Reviewing and Revising 126

13 Going Back In There: Revisit and Rewrite 127

14 Reviewing and Revising Your Own Work 138

Tutorial 6 Editing For Creative Writers 154

15 Enlisting Others to Review Your Work 161

Tutorial 7 Giving and Taking Feedback-and Making Those Final Choices 182

16 Writing Away From Home: Writers Retreats and Conferences 187

conclusion: Writing While Holding Down a Day Job: It's Right There On the Candy Wrapper 187

Section 5 Twenty Author Interviews 198

Index 236

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