When most authors start out, they don't write full time. They have a EDJ: Evil Day Job. Stephen King was a teacher. John Grisham was a lawyer. Others, like Dr. Robin Cook, continue pursuing their first career.
I myself am a web developer. I don't really consider my job an evil day job. A geek from way back, I've been in the software industry for almost twenty years. It's a steady paycheck, good benefits. That doesn't mean I wouldn't take the opportunity to write full time. I would. With both hands. Then I'd run away with it like a cat with its tail on fire.
But until that day, I have to figure out how to balance my work life and my writing life. It's not just finding time to write, either.
Finding time to write: Believe it or not, I think that's the easy part. I get up early. Or I stay up late. I write during lunch hours. The hard part is...
Having energy to write: I may get up early and stay up late, but I barely have the energy to string together a sentence some days. I'm also chronically ill (stupid Crohn's!), so that takes a toll as well. Best lesson I've learned? Write lots and lots when you feel well to make up for the days that you don't. But still there's...
Attending author/writing events: You have a full time job, but you want to go to RWA National. What do you do? I hate to say it, but I've stopped taking vacation for anything except author/writing events. I have all the events that require days off in 2013 already on my work calendar. If I end up with a few extra days at the end of the year, my husband and I will take a nice little trip. What I haven't learned to handle is...
Concentrating on work at work: I have a bad habit of mentally running through plot lines when I should be working. This does not help when I'm trying to write some complicated code or a stored procedure from hell. Seriously, how does anyone sandbox those things? Anyone have any hints on wrangling plot bunnies during work hours?
You think King, Grisham, and Cook had these problems?
Author. Southerner. Geek. Writer of romance, believer in HEA. Positive there's nothing better than shrimp & grits and red velvet cake. Kerry was born and raised in Alabama, and she grew up swearing she was going to get the hell out of Dodge the instant she could. Turns out Dodge ain’t so bad, and she never left. Alabama’s version of a city girl, she married a country boy, and the adorkable couple lives in a small town with their two socially awkward dogs.
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