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Don� (TM)t let the daily grind drain your creative energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don� (TM)t wait. You can do both � " and your writing will be the better for it. Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing li Don� (TM)t let the daily grind drain your creative energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don� (TM)t wait. You can do both � " and your writing will be the better for it. Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing life is no easy feat! This book offers writers advice, skill-building techniques, prompts, and exercises in every chapter, and strategies on how to get and keep writing while also working the 9 to 5 grind. Readers will discover tips and exercises for: - Setting and protecting personal writing goals - Creating a schedule that complements their stamina - Getting creative before and after work - and on their lunch hour - Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of spots and at the most impromptu of times - Writing proficiently in multiple forms (long and short) so that they don't get bogged down writing one long project - Becoming an active participant in writing communities so they have a solid support system at the ready - Figuring out how (if at all) to share their writing life with co-workers, friends, and family members You� (TM)ll also get quick, practical tutorials to help you master scenes, point of view, characters, settings, dialogue, and more. Writer With a Day Job gives you the strategies and motivation you need to work 40 hours a week (or more!) and achieve writing success.


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Don� (TM)t let the daily grind drain your creative energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don� (TM)t wait. You can do both � " and your writing will be the better for it. Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing li Don� (TM)t let the daily grind drain your creative energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don� (TM)t wait. You can do both � " and your writing will be the better for it. Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing life is no easy feat! This book offers writers advice, skill-building techniques, prompts, and exercises in every chapter, and strategies on how to get and keep writing while also working the 9 to 5 grind. Readers will discover tips and exercises for: - Setting and protecting personal writing goals - Creating a schedule that complements their stamina - Getting creative before and after work - and on their lunch hour - Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of spots and at the most impromptu of times - Writing proficiently in multiple forms (long and short) so that they don't get bogged down writing one long project - Becoming an active participant in writing communities so they have a solid support system at the ready - Figuring out how (if at all) to share their writing life with co-workers, friends, and family members You� (TM)ll also get quick, practical tutorials to help you master scenes, point of view, characters, settings, dialogue, and more. Writer With a Day Job gives you the strategies and motivation you need to work 40 hours a week (or more!) and achieve writing success.

30 review for Writer with a Day Job: Inspiration & Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life Alongside Your Career

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Newton

    Not much to say about this one. It's pretty disappointing. You pick it up, hoping for tips to help you learn how to fit writing into your already demanding life, only to be greeted with lots of generic and pretty obvious solutions (write on your lunch hour!) and extremely elementary exercises on setting, character, etc. I'm probably wrong, but it seems to me that anyone who actually wants to be a writer shouldn't need tips on how to journal. I mean, if you are interested in pursuing a writing ca Not much to say about this one. It's pretty disappointing. You pick it up, hoping for tips to help you learn how to fit writing into your already demanding life, only to be greeted with lots of generic and pretty obvious solutions (write on your lunch hour!) and extremely elementary exercises on setting, character, etc. I'm probably wrong, but it seems to me that anyone who actually wants to be a writer shouldn't need tips on how to journal. I mean, if you are interested in pursuing a writing career, shouldn't you have some affinity for it, and wouldn't that mean you had progressed beyond trying to describe a setting in an exercise straight out of a high school creative writing class? I'm probably being too critical, though. I guess pretty much everybody picks this book up with unreal expectations. We all know, deep down, that there's no magical solution for trying to balance our dreams alongside our realities. It boils down to how bad you want it. Are you willing to give up free time? Family time? Other pursuits? Sleep? It's all about choices. Making those choices is the secret to making your dream come true. Personally, if you're talking about finding inspiration, I was much more motivated and fired up by what I read in The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. After reading that book, I felt able to take on the world! If this book didn't scratch your itch, you might want to give that one a try.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina Vasilevski

    This book was not what I expected. Although it contained writing prompts and useful information about writing, revising, and finding support from other writers, these things can be found in almost any book about writing. That information is redundant here. What I really wanted was for the author to focus more on the mindset and discipline required to balance writing with other forms of work. There were a few chapters that addressed this, but not enough to justify the title, which alone was the rea This book was not what I expected. Although it contained writing prompts and useful information about writing, revising, and finding support from other writers, these things can be found in almost any book about writing. That information is redundant here. What I really wanted was for the author to focus more on the mindset and discipline required to balance writing with other forms of work. There were a few chapters that addressed this, but not enough to justify the title, which alone was the reason I bought this book - I figured it would help me figure out my own writing/career balance. This book really had a chance to inhabit a niche that isn't occupied by other books, but instead the information within it felt basic - simplistic, even. Furthermore, it contained several typos, and the variety of designs and headings used to differentiate types of content within the book were jarring and distracting. I felt that the various page designs were at odds with each other. Taken in conjunction with the content, this book doesn't feel like it was thought through.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I guess I expected more from this book. It didn't really offer any new information from what is already available in blogs on the Internet or in other writing books. I'm still working and writing full time, but not doing it any differently because of reading this book. However, some of the exercises. although really having nothing to do with writing while holding down a day job, were interesting and helpful. If you're looking for some fun, basic writing information, you'll find it here. But, if I guess I expected more from this book. It didn't really offer any new information from what is already available in blogs on the Internet or in other writing books. I'm still working and writing full time, but not doing it any differently because of reading this book. However, some of the exercises. although really having nothing to do with writing while holding down a day job, were interesting and helpful. If you're looking for some fun, basic writing information, you'll find it here. But, if you're looking for magical tips to help you write while working out of the home, this won't be all that useful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    I'm a sucker for writing books and this one caught my eye at the bookstore. While it had some decent points, it was mostly a disappointment. I was expecting more time-management advice and plans, and less miscellaneous writing guides and technique exercises. Entire books have been written on dialogue, setting, characters, and squishing them into little ‘tutorials’ felt like space-filler. But the biggest problem to me was that this book suffered from a lack of copy-editing. There are parenthesis th I'm a sucker for writing books and this one caught my eye at the bookstore. While it had some decent points, it was mostly a disappointment. I was expecting more time-management advice and plans, and less miscellaneous writing guides and technique exercises. Entire books have been written on dialogue, setting, characters, and squishing them into little ‘tutorials’ felt like space-filler. But the biggest problem to me was that this book suffered from a lack of copy-editing. There are parenthesis that are never closed, extra quotation marks, and missing spaces between words. And in one sentence, a generic writer is referred to as both male and female. I don’t have a problem with the changing of gender pronouns when referring to a generic person, but please don’t switch pronouns in the same sentence! In fact, because of this awkward and strange pronoun shift mid-sentence, the writer is referred to in parentheses after the pronoun so that we know who the pronoun refers to. Here it is: ...Hollywood image of the writer locked up in her room...in which he (the writer) doesn’t shower and only leaves his desk...(p37). It’s just painful. These little annoyances add up to make me question the author’s competence, even though most of the mistakes are probably the editor’s or typesetter’s. This was mostly a compilation of advice from other sources, with very little original work that was limited to the anecdotal. The best information I got out of this book were the original sources to go track down, like the 2010 series by The Guardian in which writers submitting their top ten rules for writing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie K

    Not a bad book overall, but geez, employ a copyeditor before you send this out into the world! It's ridiculous. There were SO MANY typos in this book. From words that were plural when they shouldn't have been to referring to a character in an example passage by the wrong name (the passage talked about Nora, then suddenly in the author's commentary we were talking about Sally, who made an appearance ages ago!), this book was so riddled with typos. Look, I can excuse maybe one or two typos because Not a bad book overall, but geez, employ a copyeditor before you send this out into the world! It's ridiculous. There were SO MANY typos in this book. From words that were plural when they shouldn't have been to referring to a character in an example passage by the wrong name (the passage talked about Nora, then suddenly in the author's commentary we were talking about Sally, who made an appearance ages ago!), this book was so riddled with typos. Look, I can excuse maybe one or two typos because mistakes happen. However, I can think of five typos from this thing off the top of my head right now! No, I'm not going to go look them up and list them—they've taken up enough of my time as it is. Would have been four stars if not for the obvious lack of a copyeditor/proofreader person.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Derek Farrell

    Some of what's in here are basic exercises on, for example, dialogue, characterisation and redrafting. But if you strip out this stuff - not exactly padding but somewhat out of place in a book about fitting a writing career in with a straight life - you do still end up with an enjoyable, pragmatic and practical series of suggestions and approaches. As others have noted, none of it's original, but then: What good advice ever is? A positive read, and one I'll return to whenever I need a reinforcem Some of what's in here are basic exercises on, for example, dialogue, characterisation and redrafting. But if you strip out this stuff - not exactly padding but somewhat out of place in a book about fitting a writing career in with a straight life - you do still end up with an enjoyable, pragmatic and practical series of suggestions and approaches. As others have noted, none of it's original, but then: What good advice ever is? A positive read, and one I'll return to whenever I need a reinforcement...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Richardson

    I agree with many of the reviewers below in that they wish the author included more tips on writing while working. She included some handy tips and some most working writers have already figured out. That said, I did find the 20 interviews she included at the end fun to read. I also found her writing tips and exercises a great refresher. These types of novels are inspiring to me whether they teach me a lot or not. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    I didn't expect this book to be particularly groundbreaking, as I judged the book by its inside design elements. I had also picked it up at my local library, so I was not upset by the value since I had nothing invested. This book serves its purpose well enough as a skim-worthy intro to a topic plaguing many writers. I skipped entire chapters and found a few bits that were relevant to my own challenges. I suspect others may do the same.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    From the classic ELEMENTS OF STYLE to STEIN ON WRITING to Stephen King's ON WRITING to E.M Forster's ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL (which are lectures on the novel, rather than a book on writing advice), I've read many a book on writing. So, how does WRITER WITH A DAY JOB compare? Other than keeping an eye on how to squeeze writing time in-between work hours, the book is straightforward in its writing advice. Some of the advice is good, none of it is bad. The best advice concerns rewrites, giving and rece From the classic ELEMENTS OF STYLE to STEIN ON WRITING to Stephen King's ON WRITING to E.M Forster's ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL (which are lectures on the novel, rather than a book on writing advice), I've read many a book on writing. So, how does WRITER WITH A DAY JOB compare? Other than keeping an eye on how to squeeze writing time in-between work hours, the book is straightforward in its writing advice. Some of the advice is good, none of it is bad. The best advice concerns rewrites, giving and receiving feedback, and resources for things like writer's groups and writing retreats, complete with websites. It also covers topics like slander (i.e. why you should be careful plopping down identifiable people in your writing) and includes short interviews in the back with successful authors who either had day jobs or still have them. Like a day job, unfortunately, the writing tends to be bland. Oh, Greaney follows the rules of writing: it's just that her writing is businesslike with little room for fun. And when we get fun [like in comparing finishing a bag of bite-size Twix bars to how writing works: in "daily, bite-sized nibbles" (197)], the wording and imagery..isn't brilliant. The other writing books I've read have made me want to go out and read (or re-read) more books by the author: this one doesn't. Still, it offers up nuggets that, not matter how obvious, still need to be heard (one I read was in the interviews in the back, where one author stated that most "writing time" is spent thinking about writing, not actually putting down words on a page. For those of you who write, I hope you realize how liberating a statement this is). Greaney also includes writing exercises at the end of each chapter (most of which I skipped), which will help some people with some aspects of writing, but feels too much like homework for a book written for people who already have enough work to do. Since its focus is on finding time to write while working full-time, one shouldn't expect to read it if you want to know how to vastly improve your writing, despite the writing advice it includes. In that case, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, ON WRITING, and STEIN ON WRITING will serve you better. Worth checking out for working writers, but I wouldn't make this your only writing book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    More like 2.25 - 2.5 stars. This caught my eye a few years back, but I never picked it up. Then, I needed a topic for my writers' group and the phrase "Writer with a Day Job" came to mind... So I picked up the book and used it as a guide for a facilitated discussion. It's alright as far as writing books go. I was a bit of a fan of the "writing tutorials" that were scattered throughout the book. As far as "with a day job" goes ~ I'd say it mostly came down to time management and identifying what's More like 2.25 - 2.5 stars. This caught my eye a few years back, but I never picked it up. Then, I needed a topic for my writers' group and the phrase "Writer with a Day Job" came to mind... So I picked up the book and used it as a guide for a facilitated discussion. It's alright as far as writing books go. I was a bit of a fan of the "writing tutorials" that were scattered throughout the book. As far as "with a day job" goes ~ I'd say it mostly came down to time management and identifying what's truly important to you (and striving for it). Not really anything overly revolutionary ~ just tips collated into one handy to use guide. I hoped that I'd get more from the interviews with writers at the end, but I felt let down. Far too many focused on the writers trying to focus now that they're no longer wage-slaves or on the challenges of writing around having spawned. Neither of which is applicable to me beyond the aforementioned 'time management skills' While I'm at it ~ the number of typos, errors, and type-setting mistakes was beyond disappointing for a writing guide from Writer's Digest. It was quite distracting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Buff

    A short and easy read, that has good implementable advice on how to be a more efficient writer and still hold a day job. It's not a full-on "inspiration" writing book or a pure craft book, it's more of a hybrid of the two. For those needing a little bit of an inspiration book, but would still like some new, real implementable tools, this is a good book to add to your arsenal of writing tools (my personal favorite is Self-Editing For Fiction Authors). There were a few things worth noting that I wa A short and easy read, that has good implementable advice on how to be a more efficient writer and still hold a day job. It's not a full-on "inspiration" writing book or a pure craft book, it's more of a hybrid of the two. For those needing a little bit of an inspiration book, but would still like some new, real implementable tools, this is a good book to add to your arsenal of writing tools (my personal favorite is Self-Editing For Fiction Authors). There were a few things worth noting that I was not impressed with. First, there are quite a few noticeable typos and misspellings. These are all very noticeable, but the book is such a brisk read it's easy to move on from these (and most of them do appear toward the end of the book). Also, there's a lot of "writing exercises" that just feel like filler to me. I'm too busy writing and working to bother taking on additional assignments just for the sake of it. Lastly, the interviews tacked on at the end are pointless. Everyone is asked the same questions (never with a follow up) and they all basically offer the same answers. And on top of that, what good nuggets are in there already appear in the book as examples for points the author makes. Another thing that bothered me about the interviews was that none of the authors were identified as independent authors, which seems odd since that will likely be how the majority of the readers of this book will elect to publish their work. Overall, despite the flaws, it's still a book worth checking out if you're an author looking for something new that you can actually use to rev up your writing routine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This book is exactly what I needed. I stumbled upon it, but it quickly became a must-buy. Aine hit the perfect tone (for me) of practical information and motivation to put the book down and start writing! Aine provides a wealth of different models for fitting writing into a very busy schedule, and inspired me to make a firmer commitment to myself as a writer. Within a week of reading the first couple chapters, I found myself writing a brief memoir piece literally while waiting at the meat counte This book is exactly what I needed. I stumbled upon it, but it quickly became a must-buy. Aine hit the perfect tone (for me) of practical information and motivation to put the book down and start writing! Aine provides a wealth of different models for fitting writing into a very busy schedule, and inspired me to make a firmer commitment to myself as a writer. Within a week of reading the first couple chapters, I found myself writing a brief memoir piece literally while waiting at the meat counter in the grocery store. My journal was handy, I had the mindset to be looking for the nooks and crannies of my life which could be filled with writing, and I was ready to go. I have not done all of the writing prompts, but Ido like how she split them into short prompts and longer writing tutorials such as "creating memorable characters" or "writing great settings. " For me, that is an added bonus of the book rather than the reason I bought it. I love that it is helping me write more on the many topics I've wanted to write but have felt like I just don't have time. The prompts I have looked at have produced better writing from me than other random prompts from writing books. I've scheduled time to do the longer tutorials and look forward to trying them as well. The book's ideas also transfer well to accomplishing any creative endeavor within a busy life where your endeavor is not your day job. A great read and right on target for writing inspiration. I highly recommend it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hennion

    Of the increasingly available collection of how-to writing books that WD now publishes, I found "Writer with a Day Job" to be a practical, if not generally common sense guide. The purported focus of this book was addressed with some clever tips, and as per usual with most of these books a liberal sprinkling of exercises and affirmations are available. What surprised me most about this book is the lack of editing; the book contains a large number of misspellings, converged words (two words not spa Of the increasingly available collection of how-to writing books that WD now publishes, I found "Writer with a Day Job" to be a practical, if not generally common sense guide. The purported focus of this book was addressed with some clever tips, and as per usual with most of these books a liberal sprinkling of exercises and affirmations are available. What surprised me most about this book is the lack of editing; the book contains a large number of misspellings, converged words (two words not spaced, or incorrectly formatted), and similar mistakes. The author emphasizes the critical nature of honing one's editorial eye in later chapters, and yet, the final product would have benefited from a line edit. Whether or not this was WD's format/typesetting or the author I don't want to speculate. Either way, a "working" writer stands to benefit from this book if they are unable to separate their waking responsibilities with their writing ambitions. Yet, possession of common sense and strict personal scheduling can do the same, one would hope...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    If you have a day job and are struggling to find time to write, this is the book for you. It contains both very useful tips and ideas for carving time for your writing into your overcrowded schedule and interesting writing tips (especially for fiction writers). There are five sections, dedicated to getting started, making a habit of writing everyday in the morning and/or in the evening (or whenever you have time), insert writing in your working day, editing and revising your work, plus one final If you have a day job and are struggling to find time to write, this is the book for you. It contains both very useful tips and ideas for carving time for your writing into your overcrowded schedule and interesting writing tips (especially for fiction writers). There are five sections, dedicated to getting started, making a habit of writing everyday in the morning and/or in the evening (or whenever you have time), insert writing in your working day, editing and revising your work, plus one final section which contains interviews to many authors who succesfully balance writing and a job. You don't have to read it from the beginning to the end, if you feel you don't need to. It's a manual you should keep on the shelf right above your writing desk. This way you'll be able to read the chapter or the paragraph you need at a certain stage of the writing process, or find the right writing exercise to revive your prose, or just find a reminder that "you can do it!".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark Polino

    I'm struggling a little with this book. There was some some very good stuff in here but much of it seemed like common sense. Perhaps I've read many of these suggestions in other places and that's why they feel familiar. I was impressed that there is actually a list of places to find online wrtiter's groups. Several books I've read have simply said "Use Google to find online writer's groups". The extra effort was appreciated. Some of the technology suggestions fell flat. OneNote and Evernote have I'm struggling a little with this book. There was some some very good stuff in here but much of it seemed like common sense. Perhaps I've read many of these suggestions in other places and that's why they feel familiar. I was impressed that there is actually a list of places to find online wrtiter's groups. Several books I've read have simply said "Use Google to find online writer's groups". The extra effort was appreciated. Some of the technology suggestions fell flat. OneNote and Evernote have both been able to synchronize documents among multiple devices with backup online, mostly for free, for years but no mention was made of either tool. Both Microsoft and Google offerings (Office Live and Google Docs) got simply a brief mention. All in all good book, good read, not sure I would pick it up for a second read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karinacashew

    When I flipped through the chapters before buying it, I thought that it would have enough depth and information about being a writer with a day job. However, each chapter felt like it had just skimmed on the surface and it left me wanting more. The discipline development was useful but I found myself wanting more of that versus basic information about other stuff like editing, writing exercises, etc. I guess what I really wanted was insight on how to muster strength to get through the day when t When I flipped through the chapters before buying it, I thought that it would have enough depth and information about being a writer with a day job. However, each chapter felt like it had just skimmed on the surface and it left me wanting more. The discipline development was useful but I found myself wanting more of that versus basic information about other stuff like editing, writing exercises, etc. I guess what I really wanted was insight on how to muster strength to get through the day when trying to achieve a semi working work/life/write balance. It did, however, revealed some information that I really didn't know about on writer's retreat and how to incorporate them in your life. I liked the writer's voice throughout the book which I felt added a personal touch to the novel. But because it was very basic, I don't see myself revisiting the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    This book certainly wins a prize for having a straight-forward title! It's both a how-to manual and a pep talk for writers (fiction and non-fiction) whose "other life" maybe doesn't leave them with as much free time to create, type, and edit as they would prefer to have. Not just theory mind you -- the many interviews with successful writers who have had (or now have) other jobs and responsibilities to deal with (like family) are both inspiring and heartening. Not so much a complaint as a curios This book certainly wins a prize for having a straight-forward title! It's both a how-to manual and a pep talk for writers (fiction and non-fiction) whose "other life" maybe doesn't leave them with as much free time to create, type, and edit as they would prefer to have. Not just theory mind you -- the many interviews with successful writers who have had (or now have) other jobs and responsibilities to deal with (like family) are both inspiring and heartening. Not so much a complaint as a curiosity: For a book that is mostly about time management, I'm not certain what all the sections on more general writing how-to pointers fit in. Not that the sections on creating characters, spicing up dialogue, and so forth were not useful (they were!), they just maybe felt like they belonged in another book on their own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    There were some super-helpful nuggets for me in this book, such as: ~ Be grateful for your day job! ~ It IS possible to fit writing into your daily routine ~ Self-doubt is normal; allow yourself to write (your first draft) badly. However, I'm not sure there was a whole book-worth of material here, and I skipped over the writing exercises as they seemed more aimed at unleashing creativity in those who suspect they want to write, rather than those of us with too many ideas and to little time. But if yo There were some super-helpful nuggets for me in this book, such as: ~ Be grateful for your day job! ~ It IS possible to fit writing into your daily routine ~ Self-doubt is normal; allow yourself to write (your first draft) badly. However, I'm not sure there was a whole book-worth of material here, and I skipped over the writing exercises as they seemed more aimed at unleashing creativity in those who suspect they want to write, rather than those of us with too many ideas and to little time. But if you're looking for a nudge to get started, or even just to let go of your belief that it's impossible to hold down a day job and complete a novel or large writing project, this book is well worth a look.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I enjoyed it, though the title is a bit misleading. It's actually a book that gives a variety of writing help, not just ideas for combining a writing life with a "regular" job (which it does quite well, I might add). If you want just information on how to do the latter, you may want to skip some of the pages that don't pertain to that. Ms. Greaney also gives examples and interviews of how people have managed to be quite successful as writers despite working elsewhere. Overall, I think it's a ver I enjoyed it, though the title is a bit misleading. It's actually a book that gives a variety of writing help, not just ideas for combining a writing life with a "regular" job (which it does quite well, I might add). If you want just information on how to do the latter, you may want to skip some of the pages that don't pertain to that. Ms. Greaney also gives examples and interviews of how people have managed to be quite successful as writers despite working elsewhere. Overall, I think it's a very good resource. September 2015: Read through it again, this time completing many of the exercises.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    A very helpful book for writers who are struggling to find that ever-present and elusive balance between writing and working a full-time job to support oneself and one's family. The author's exercises and suggestions are wonderful, and will actually give you something to work with--someplace to start--instead of just throwing up your hands in the air and guilt-tripping yourself for another day gone by when the writing just didn't happen. Definitely well worth checking out and reading for any wri A very helpful book for writers who are struggling to find that ever-present and elusive balance between writing and working a full-time job to support oneself and one's family. The author's exercises and suggestions are wonderful, and will actually give you something to work with--someplace to start--instead of just throwing up your hands in the air and guilt-tripping yourself for another day gone by when the writing just didn't happen. Definitely well worth checking out and reading for any writer with a day job.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Morven

    This is a very good book that I would heartily recommend to someone who is starting out writing while holding down a day job, but I wish it contained more on how to manage writing while holding down a day job. I almost wish that it had been divided into two books: One that contained the excellent exercises and writing tips, and one that had the information on how to make a writing life while working, expanding on the information already in there. Don't skip the interviews in the back of the book This is a very good book that I would heartily recommend to someone who is starting out writing while holding down a day job, but I wish it contained more on how to manage writing while holding down a day job. I almost wish that it had been divided into two books: One that contained the excellent exercises and writing tips, and one that had the information on how to make a writing life while working, expanding on the information already in there. Don't skip the interviews in the back of the book. There's good information there from writers who hold down a day job.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    There was a lot of information in this book about balancing writing with a day-job which I thought was relevant to any creative pursuit. The "how to write" parts were not that inspired, but the balancing info was great and the interviews with writers were interesting. I felt a little betrayed though that most of the writers that were interviewed don't actually have day jobs anymore, they are now full-time writers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    There are some great tips and exercises to help writers balance a day job and a writing life. I enjoyed most of the book, but found myself skipping sections that dealt with craft just because they were things I already knew and was aware of. I was more interested in the balancing act. Still not an overall bad read. There are some great tips to be found. It depends on what you expect the book to provide.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Don Gale

    Meh. I was disappointed. I was looking for a book focusing solely on writing while working full-time. What Greaney has written is a writing method book with some tips for writers who work mixed in. There are plenty of method books out there, some probably better than this one. She could have condensed her writers-who-work tips into a much shorter volume and just left out the method.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This was a good book, but not as helpful as I would have liked. The day jobs in this book are corporate ones with hour long lunches and the like. I work in a factory and my lunch break is 20 minutes long. And I spotted several times in this book when there was no space between words. But I will say that there were a few handy tricks that I now plan to incorporate into my own writing life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    This book had one, maybe two magazine articles' worth of advice on how to write alongside a career. Really good articles. Then it tried to cover a whole lot of other ground about how to write, inspiration on writing, and author interviews. Nice, but a lot to fit in a skinny little book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Earle

    I ended up skipping the last few sections of the book, on revision and author interviews. Not a bad book, and I may read those sections when I have something to revise, but I just couldn't stay engaged.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Wanting to write is easy, doing it and making money something else entirely. I have to buy this book and a new bookcase to put it on. My favourite line is about getting a real job and working your writing around it. It emphasizes NEVER GIVING UP which is awesome advice. Must read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    Not a lot of a-ha material here, but a decent primer or refresh of writing tips for busy people. I liked the author interviews, and I also found it helpful to be reminded that even c-level execs can manage to find time to write.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jery Schober

    A lot of basic tips which are not new to anyone who read more than 3 books about writing, but nicely presented and organized. Nothing extraordinary innovative or merely creative. Written in an easy, humorous style.

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