(Closed) NWR: any other writers??

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Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I write non fiction.  The biggest problem for me is getting started with the actual writing part, after the research & outline are done.  I don’t really hit my stride until after the first few paragraphs.  After that, it just flows.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I write, but not as much anymore. My BA is in creative writing and I wrote a novella for my senior thesis, but I kind of had to give it up when I realized I had to get a real job. Went back to school for accounting instead. 

I do still write, however, but for extra cash. I freelance on a few content platforms to supplement my full time income while Fiance is in med school. I only make an extra $500-600 a week but it keeps me connected, albeit loosely, to something I love. I hope that when Fiance is a little more established, I’ll have time to write for me.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

 I write fiction. Just finished my MFA several years ago. The only way I’ve managed to stay consistently motivated is through the need to be accountable to my fantastic writing group. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m a playwright.  I find that if I set a number of pages to write per day, and tell myself I can stop after that, I get it done!  Fiction is a little harder, often I’ll write a bad rough draft during NaNoWriMo in November and then spend the next year or two editing.  I’m a lot slower there!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Yep, Darling Husband and I are both writers. We have MFAs in poetry. Right now, I’m working on my PhD in literature, so I am not writing any poetry right now–but I write a ton, constantly, for my doctoral work. We both stay motivated by taking on projects with deadlines (lol) and staying connected with the writing community!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I write screenplays, fiction and poetry. Whatever strikes me as something that needs to be written at the time. I’ve never submitted for publication or made any money off of it. It’s a passion of mine though. I’m going to school for a Bachelors and eventually a PhD in English, with a minor in marketing, and I hope to get a few novels published sometime before I graduate. Id like to work in publishing and once I have my doctorate I want to teach college. 

Pretty much the motivation for me is the sense of accomplishment i’ll feel when I’m done. If I have a block and I can’t come up with that last little bit I put it aside for a while and wait for something to come to me. Sometimes i go back and add to the middle to get thinking about the story more.I can never force it. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I like to think I’m a non-fiction writer, but I’ve kind of dropped off the grid a little the last few years. I actually work as a content coordinator for a web design and online marketing company, which has been part of the reason why – I spend around 7 hours a day writing at work, so when I get home my brain is feeling pretty fried. I do have a couple of things that I’ve been working on for a few years, but no idea when I’ll get them finished.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I write fiction. Because it’s my full time job, I treat it like a full time job. I write everyday for scheduled amount of time. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

vintagelover32:  Can you tell us more about how it came to be your full time job? That’s awesome!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

ahopahop:  It took a few years to get to the point where my writing income allowed me to quit my full time job. I still have a two half-day a week part-time job, teaching community college, mainly to keep my resume current in the event I go back to the “real world.” 🙂 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I’m a writer- currently day-job working as a full-time teacher, part-time literary translator, but waiting to hear back from MFA programs for this fall! I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tough, especially with a job that requires 60+ hours per week. I try to carve out time for writing, reading, and experiences that will help my writing–like getting out to readings, travelling, taking workshops, etc–as if it’s another job. I take on lots of writing-related projects, like copywriting, translating, etc. Sometimes I get stuck, sometimes I have hours where I don’t make any progress, but I try to see it as part of the process and force myself to sit and think it through anyway.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

raliel:  $500-$600/week?!?!?!?!? I’d be over the moon if I could make that in 2-3 months! Do you mind if I ask which platforms you’ve used? I just started working on self-publishing on Amazon but some of the technical aspects are a bit over my head when it comes to formatting and it’s creating quite the unexpected road block. (I write fiction for teens and young adults).

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Stace126: Sure. Feel free to send me a message. 

This thread is making me miss real writing. I turned down a spot in an MFA program in 2011 because it was in NYC and I’d have to live on loans, and I don’t regret it, but I wish writing could still be a priority besides pocket money. If only Fiance had a job…

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