This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question — When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?
What a great question. Alex always comes up with questions that make me think. OK, here goes:
I do see myself as a working writer:
- I write reviews for clients
- I freelance
- I write non-fiction education books
- I write two fiction series that are published
I spend most of every day writing:
- Morning: my prehistoric fiction series
- Afternoon: more of that and some non-fic stuff
- Evenings: non-fic stuff and client work
- Weekends: whatever I’m behind on
As long as being a ‘working writer’ doesn’t mean my product pays the bills, that’s me. Some months, it gets close but mostly, I do it because it feeds my soul. It makes me alive. I worked way too hard most of my life NOT doing that and now, I can ignore the elephant behind the door, even when he bangs on it with his trunk. Or his big ears. We can get into how I make that work in a later post!
How about you?
Note to #IWSG visitors: I auto-posted this article because I’m out of town. I will answer comments (welcome them) but I probably will be a day or two late answering!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric trilogy, Dawn of Humanity, starting with Laws of Nature, Fall 2021.