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#IWSG October

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!

#iwsg #amwriting


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A Secret About my Writing

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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. 

79 thoughts on “#IWSG October

  1. I began to feel like a working writer when I started to earn money from my writing related work (workshop presentation etc), but I don’t think I will feel like a proper working writer until I am published.

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  2. Hi Jacqui – yes ‘feeding your soul’ … I think my blog does that for me – but you fall into the ‘writer’ category … and I congratulate you on that – take care – Hilary

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  3. Good answers, Jacqui! I decided to skip the question this month, because I had a lot of other information to share about my writing. I think the best part about the question is the several definitions it evokes for “working writer”. And, I’m with you… As long as the “working” part doesn’t mean making enough money to sustain oneself, that’s me too! 🙂

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  4. I think I am a hobbyist. I was thinking once as an aspiring writer, but since I published already several books, I guess the aspiring part isn’t true anymore. I am even in a dictionary of contemporary literature! (One of the many parallel such dictionaries -here it seems every group of writers and related literary critics publish one). I am a hobbyis because I don’t write for money. I am a retired economist and my pension pays the bills. Here writing short stories for literary magazines doesn’t pay, it only gets you fame, and this is not bad either. I am my 91 years old mother’s only caregiver, and this labour of love takes most of my time. I write when I can, in between pills to give, meals to cook, doctor appointments and so on.

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  5. What an interesting question! The first thought that popped into my head was that a working writer is someone who writes to pay the bills, and it often involves writing she doesn’t particuarly want to do. It’s a job. My next thought was, well, that’s not a logical response to the question. Writing is very hard work. Maybe my reaction comes from thinking of writing as an art form. I’m not really sure.

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    • It is an interesting question–kudos to Alex! As I read the posts of other #IWSG folks, the answers were all over the place but most were Indie authors who wrote, published, and enjoyed it.


  6. I think your schedule puts you in the work-aholic writer category, Jacqui! I totally admire that about you because you produce results, and writing in your chosen genres is your life, kind of your work and hobby! And you teach! Good grief, you must be a ball of energy!

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  7. Working writer fits the bill perfectly for you Jacqui … you do so much in many different areas (teaching, tech, supporting others etc) with great accomplishment. Plus publishing several books requiring an enormous amount of research 🙂 A super star ..

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  8. I consider myself a working writer too, Jacqui, though my writing is limited to fiction. Like you, my writing doesn’t pay the bills, but it does fill my life with a lot of joy. Like you, I spent a lot of years in work that was less rewarding. Great post, my friend. 🙂

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  9. I consider writing a job. It requires many hours and lots of skills to do it with the intention for others to read. Then comes the promotion and what separates it from a hobby. I consider taking pictures a hobby but I don’t actively promote it except for entering one into the local county fair:) Great post, Jacqui.

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  10. Great question; I WAS a working writer (one that spends most of the day writing or promoting) but in the year of Corona, I think I’m more of a hobbiest. I can’t really focus on any one action, so I spend a lot of time flitting here or there.
    Hopefully, I can regain my joy of writing soon and get back to working!

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  11. I am a writer. After fifteen years freelancing for a local business journal, I quit four years ago. I published my blog two months ago. timewithteresa.com. I completed an outline for a book and will finish it. I have determined intent.

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  12. In my business career of forty years I wrote marketing and business development materials. Now writing is a fun hobby for me. In the last twenty years I have written three non-fiction self-help spiritual/inspirational books and narrated one self-help book. My big accomplishment is my novel, “Einstein’s Compass a YA Time Traveler Adventure”. I had a big goal of writing a good novel and investing in a professional cover, interior design and editing. Writing my novel took four years. I began marketing EC two years before it was launched. The last two years of marketing includes blogs, entering book award contests, weekly book bubbles on Bublish, daily social media. Through IBPA EC will be featured at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair and a candidate for foreign rights. Will I write another novel or non-fiction work? I am not sure. I wanted to devote my energy and resources to one novel project and do it well. I love my writing job and the friends I have made along. My writing friends have made my writing journey more like a family of crazy relatives. We support and care for one another. With support and encouragement from people like Jacqui and her friends I feel safe to share and continue my writing hobby.

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