Working and Writing

by Jonathan 10 Comments

I’ve managed to spend the last year and nine months writing full time. As my wife says, I’ve been employed (by me), just not gainfully.

Well, that’s come to an end.

Working for a Living by Greg McCroskery

Right before Christmas I began working for a paycheck again and figure to keep working at least part time for a good long while. I’ll be writing (metadata, content, and whatever else they need) for a local marketing firm that is very much on the front edge of web marketing–a great group of folks, who, like me, came to Fayetteville, WV to raft or climb or boat or bike and decided they wanted to stay.

For me, this is uncharted territory. I’m curious to see how well I can sustain my own writing in the face of project deadlines, work-related writing, meetings and office time. My hope is that my need to write fiction has been developed to the point where it is somewhat self-sustaining.

I know there will be times when I’m beat and have to force myself to get into the writing shack at night or squeeze a bit of writing in a 30 minute hole, but I’m looking forward to have that need, to be chomping at the bit to get my writing out.

And I’m also looking forward to the new challenges of the job.

Hope your 2011 is the year you want it to be. Happy New Year!

Comments ( 10 )

  1. ReplyLFreshwater
    Way to greet change, with enthusiasm. My goal is to use my time more wisely and write more, because I did a terrible job of that during the last year. Happy New Year to you and yours. ~Lou
    • ReplyJonathan
      I wish you the best of luck with your goal. Time is always slipping away, but it's amazing how we manager to put off writing. I suppose it's an inner critic issue. Happy New Year to you, too.
  2. ReplyTeresa Frohock
    Great news on the job, Jonathan, and I wish the best of luck to you! I work full-time and write in the evenings (weekends are devoted to edits). I get up around 5:00 a.m. -- 5:30 a.m. so I can check e-mail, etc. before I have to get ready for work, and I edit on my lunch hour. It's hard sometimes, but if you budget your time, you'll find yourself moving into a routine that works for you and your family.
    • ReplyJonathan
      Thanks for the encouragement! If your recent publication contract is an indication, your system clearly works for you! I don't know if I could do the 5-5:30 thing, but I definitely need to come up with a structured writing time. It's too easy to slack off without a schedule.
      • ReplyTeresa Frohock
        I usually stick to a 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. writing time or 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Jonathan. It means I don't watch a lot of TV, but since I usually don't like TV, this system works fine for me.
        • ReplyJonathan
          TV is the great time suck, isn't it? When we moved to Looneyville, WV in 1999 we decided not to get satellite TV and haven't looked back. In that time we've read a ton, I learned to play guitar, and my wife has pursued her artwork. Every time I am around TV, I'm struck by how much it yells at me. Everything is one big schill. Think how much people could do for themselves creatively if they just turned off the dumb box.
  3. ReplyMegan Frances
    Good luck balancing your new job and finding time to write, Jonathan. I agree with you about TV too! I guess it's all about time management - a skill I've never mastered unless I have a real deadline. Happy to discover your blog. Thanks so much for commenting on mine!
    • ReplyJonathan
      Deadlines go a long way to affecting time management, don't they? Likewise on the comment thing. Glad to stop by!
  4. Replyjennifer
    Congratulations, Jonathan! Oh it's a change, but I think these past months have got you into a writing groove you won't be able to step away from! You'll find the rhythm. Good luck! Oh, and how do I subscribe to your site??
    • ReplyJonathan
      I do believe you are correct. It's been a challenge this week, but over time things will settle down and fall into a rhythm as you say. Thanks for the encouragement. To subscribe, the RSS is in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

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