Top Ten Tips for Writers That Have Day Jobs


This was one of my favorite early posts. Since I have increased my followers significantly, I thought it was worth a reblog.

Author Don Massenzio

Someday I would love to be a full-time writer, but for right now, I have a 50-60 hour a week day job that requires my attention so that annoyances like bills, mortgage payments, and insurance can be provided for. I’ve written and published two novels and three short stories in the past year while satisfying my day job. People always ask me how I do this, so here are some tips to help others that might be in this same predicament.

1) Think about your writing during every minute that you have available – You may not be able to write as much as you like, but you can certainly work out plot elements and character profiles in your mind during your work day. We all (hopefully) take showers every day. Some of my greatest ideas have come to me in the shower. The key is to remember your thoughts…

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