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Don't Quit Your Day Job?

Keep earning your paycheck while learning how to be creative.

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It can be tempting to capitalize on your newfound enthusiasm and motivation to be a writer by quitting your regular (paying) job. Don't.

First read everything you can about writing and making it as a writer, including Writer with a Day Job: Inspiration & Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life Alongside Your Career, by Áine Greaney.

A few of her pointers:

1. Plan your first drafts in your journal in order to free yourself from your editing self. Make a list of the themes that you see recurring in your journal. Those are what you should be writing about.

2. Listen to music rather than news to and from work, or drive in silence to allow your creativity a chance.

3. When you see an unusual license plate or bumper sticker in front of your car (while keeping your eyes on the traffic), think about what sort of person might have chosen it. Where is she from, who is her boyfriend?

4. Set a daily word quota. Setting a time limit works for some, though you have to be willing to accept that your time may sometimes be unproductive.

5. "Wag your finger at yourself," suggests Greaney. "Become your own procrastination police."  But for those of us who are natural born rebels who resist working toward our own goals if we feel bossed about, even by ourselves, try this: Be your own procrastination analyst and observe your own excuses without judgment.

WriterWithADayJob is Greaney's "blog/salon for writers who also work a day job."

Copyright (c) 2012 by Susan K. Perry

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