#IWSG: Being a Working Writer

Hello, friends, and welcome to this month’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  If you’re a writer and if you feel in any way insecure about your writing life, click here to learn more about this amazingly supportive group!

This month’s optional I.W.S.G. question asks, in part: “When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you?”  My muse and I have had a lot of discussions about what it means to be a working writer.  We have a very clear picture of what that should look like for us.  It should look like this:

But that doesn’t happen most of the time.  Why not?  Because writing only generates a small portion of my income (Oh, before I forget: click here to buy my book!), and I still have to make the rest of my money doing a non-writing job.  All the time spent away from writing, due to that other job, leaves me feeling frustrated and my muse feeling sad.

Honestly, I don’t really care if I call myself a working writer or a hobbyist.  I don’t care if I’m a professional or an amateur.  Those are just labels.  What matters to me is getting more time in my day for writing.  My muse and I want to have our little writing party (as pictured above) every single day for the rest of our lives.

So if being a “working writer” can help make that happen, then that’s what I intend to do.

12 thoughts on “#IWSG: Being a Working Writer

  1. I love your party image & I agree that everything we can do to make that a reality is hugely important. I’m being torn in too many directions at the moment and have to figure out how to make it work better.

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    1. I’m kind of in the same place, to be honest. My day job is pulling me one way, and my writing life is pulling in the opposite direction. It’s an uncomfortable position to be in.


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