When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.
Today’s tip: Have a Day Job.
This is from John Grisham:
John Grisham–a former lawyer best known for his legal thrillers–advices young writers to find their career, and adds that at first it won’t be writing. He explains that before you can be a writer you have to experience some things, see some of the world, go through things–love, heartbreak, and so on–, because you need to have something to say.
Most fiction writers I know have a day job. We’re all waiting for our Big Break, but until then, the bills continue. Many non-fiction writers I know (bloggers, etc) like to say they support themselves on their writing. I’m suspicious, though. How would it sound to potential clients if you said, “I just do this at night in my spare time.” Might cut into your marketing efforts.
–Click to have Writer’s Tips delivered to your email.