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

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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...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published June 5th 2011 by Writer's Digest Books (first published May 9th 2011)
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Christina Vasilevski
This book was not what I expected.

Although it contained writing prompts and useful information about writing, revising, and finding support from other writers, these things can be found in almost any book about writing. That information is redundant here.

What I really wanted was for the author to focus more on the mindset and discipline required to balance writing with other forms of work. There were a few chapters that addressed this, but not enough to justify the title, which alone was the rea...more
Richard Szponder
So many people dream of being writers, but the reality is that it remains a dream for many. With bills to pay, social and familial obligations, and the craziness that is everyday life, who can even imagine fitting writing time into such a busy schedule? With a bit of planning and the right amount of discipline, even the busiest of schedules can accommodate some daily writing time. In Writer With A Day Job, Aine Greaney presents a series of suggestions and ideas to realize your writing goals alon...more
Deb
I guess I expected more from this book. It didn't really offer any new information from what is already available in blogs on the Internet or in other writing books. I'm still working and writing full time, but not doing it any differently because of reading this book. However, some of the exercises. although really having nothing to do with writing while holding down a day job, were interesting and helpful. If you're looking for some fun, basic writing information, you'll find it here. But, if...more
Derek Farrell
Some of what's in here are basic exercises on, for example, dialogue, characterisation and redrafting. But if you strip out this stuff - not exactly padding but somewhat out of place in a book about fitting a writing career in with a straight life - you do still end up with an enjoyable, pragmatic and practical series of suggestions and approaches.

As others have noted, none of it's original, but then: What good advice ever is? A positive read, and one I'll return to whenever I need a reinforcem...more
Mary
This book is exactly what I needed. I stumbled upon it, but it quickly became a must-buy. Aine hit the perfect tone (for me) of practical information and motivation to put the book down and start writing! Aine provides a wealth of different models for fitting writing into a very busy schedule, and inspired me to make a firmer commitment to myself as a writer. Within a week of reading the first couple chapters, I found myself writing a brief memoir piece literally while waiting at the meat counte...more
Pauline
There were some super-helpful nuggets for me in this book, such as:
~ Be grateful for your day job!
~ It IS possible to fit writing into your daily routine
~ Self-doubt is normal; allow yourself to write (your first draft) badly.

However, I'm not sure there was a whole book-worth of material here, and I skipped over the writing exercises as they seemed more aimed at unleashing creativity in those who suspect they want to write, rather than those of us with too many ideas and to little time.

But if yo...more
Karinacashew
When I flipped through the chapters before buying it, I thought that it would have enough depth and information about being a writer with a day job. However, each chapter felt like it had just skimmed on the surface and it left me wanting more. The discipline development was useful but I found myself wanting more of that versus basic information about other stuff like editing, writing exercises, etc. I guess what I really wanted was insight on how to muster strength to get through the day when t...more
Mark Polino
I'm struggling a little with this book. There was some some very good stuff in here but much of it seemed like common sense. Perhaps I've read many of these suggestions in other places and that's why they feel familiar. I was impressed that there is actually a list of places to find online wrtiter's groups. Several books I've read have simply said "Use Google to find online writer's groups". The extra effort was appreciated.

Some of the technology suggestions fell flat. OneNote and Evernote have...more
A.E.
A very helpful book for writers who are struggling to find that ever-present and elusive balance between writing and working a full-time job to support oneself and one's family. The author's exercises and suggestions are wonderful, and will actually give you something to work with--someplace to start--instead of just throwing up your hands in the air and guilt-tripping yourself for another day gone by when the writing just didn't happen.

Definitely well worth checking out and reading for any wri...more
Jeff
I enjoyed it, though the title is a bit misleading. It's actually a book that gives a variety of writing help, not just ideas for combining a writing life with a "regular" job (which it does quite well, I might add). If you want just information on how to do the latter, you may want to skip some of the pages that don't pertain to that. Ms. Greaney also gives examples and interviews of how people have managed to be quite successful as writers despite working elsewhere. Overall, I think it's a ver...more
Deanna
Not a lot of a-ha material here, but a decent primer or refresh of writing tips for busy people. I liked the author interviews, and I also found it helpful to be reminded that even c-level execs can manage to find time to write.
Don Gale
Meh. I was disappointed. I was looking for a book focusing solely on writing while working full-time. What Greaney has written is a writing method book with some tips for writers who work mixed in. There are plenty of method books out there, some probably better than this one. She could have condensed her writers-who-work tips into a much shorter volume and just left out the method.
Bev
This book had one, maybe two magazine articles' worth of advice on how to write alongside a career. Really good articles. Then it tried to cover a whole lot of other ground about how to write, inspiration on writing, and author interviews. Nice, but a lot to fit in a skinny little book.
Jennie
Wanting to write is easy, doing it and making money something else entirely.

I have to buy this book and a new bookcase to put it on.

My favourite line is about getting a real job and working your writing around it. It emphasizes NEVER GIVING UP which is awesome advice.

Must read!
David Earle
I ended up skipping the last few sections of the book, on revision and author interviews. Not a bad book, and I may read those sections when I have something to revise, but I just couldn't stay engaged.
Peggy
I think I've read too many "how to" books. Most of the information in this book is a re-hash of what I've read in the past. I did enjoy the last section--"Twenty Author Interviews."
Pamela Trawick
Great book whether you have a day job or not. Includes tips, topical discussions, exercises, and writer interviews. Add it to your shelf.
Cindy Richard
Practical tips for getting your writing done no matter your schedule or life circumstances.
Laura
An ok read, and I liked the exercises. A lot of common sense stuff though... Maybe I've read too many how to write books. Meh.
Dee
This is a wonderful surprise. I am already using some of the ideas I found in the book and I like the fresh outlook.
Richard Magahiz
Exercises and practical advice for someone juggling a day job and a writing vocation
Deborah
I picked this up at out local book store. It is highly readable and fun.
Mfly
Aug 06, 2012 Mfly marked it as to-read
All right, Lisa. I'm in.
Tammy
A great book for writers!
Ninja
Not real helpful, to me.
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An Irish-born author who lives north of Boston. Novels: The Big House and Dance Lessons. Also short stories, personal essays and features in such publications as the Boston Globe Magazine, Salon.com, The Literary Review, Creative Nonfiction, Natural Bridge, The Fish Anthology and other publications. Also a frequent public speaker and creative writing teacher at various schools, libraries and arts...more
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