Balancing a Job with Being a Writer — It Can Be Done


The best-laid plans of aspiring writers often go awry when they begin working and start to realize that life won’t allow them the time that they need to get their words down. This is an all-too-common plight that potential authors face and, more often than not, it results in them stalling on their writing process or giving up on it altogether.

Of course, it is important to work to earn a living, but for writers, writing is just as important. It is fortunate, then, that there are ways for a job, even a full-blown career, to be balanced with penning a novel. It’s true, it can be done! To see how, read on.

Take a degree that teaches you to balance

Before you embark on a life of being both a worker and a writer, it would be beneficial for you to ready yourself for it by taking a degree that teaches you how to balance. By taking a low-residency Creative Writing master’s degree, you would afford yourself the opportunity to get used to having specific times to sit down and write, and you’d be able to get used to working around this writing time. Of course, as well as that, you’d also give yourself the chance to work with like-minded others in an environment that is designed to help your writing flourish, so it’s a win on all accounts.

Plan your writing sessions before starting them

If you’re serious about finding a balance between your job and your writing, then you can’t just be living without some sort of cohesion regarding where you devote your time and efforts. You have a set schedule with your working hours, so the time and effort you spend at work is non-negotiable. You do not have such structure with your writing sessions, however, which is why they are so easily thrown aside — to stop this from happening, do not live spontaneously and instead plan your writing sessions out for the day ahead. Of course, it is good to get things down when ideas come to mind, but having a daily plan will see you write smarter and more frequently.

Find time to jot things down at work

Depending on the nature of your job, of course, it could be beneficial for you find some time while you’re at work to jot some ideas down. Even if it means spending your lunch break tapping away on your laptop, doing this will keep your mind in gear in regards to your writing, and doing that is essential if you want to retain the motivation needed to become a career writer.

You need to work, but you also need to become a writer. It’s long been a problem that you and many other people like you face, but you need not face it anymore. When you take the advice above, you’ll be able to earn the amount that you need to live off while also being able to write your book while you do so.


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What to Do on Their First Day: 5 Tips for New Employees

From the first day of school to the first day in a new job, nothing really changes. There’s a room full of strange people and you are told where to sit and what do. As an employer, it is your responsibility to make a new employee feel as comfortable as possible. Below are five tips to help you with that task.

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1. Cover the Basics

When they first arrive, keep things simple. Just cover the basics with them and warm them to the position. Show them where they will be working and what equipment they will be using. Give them any information they will need, such as logins, emails, or security access. After they are familiar with their workspace, give them a tour of the building or office. You can then give them a basic rundown of work hours, dress code, and pay periods.

2. Training

Make sure you provide all the necessary information the new employee will need for their position. Training booklets are one of the best ways to provide that information, allowing them to go through it at their own pace and look back if needed. See here for information on printed training materials from companies such as The Print Group.

3. Introductions

Give the new member of staff time to meet and greet the old members of staff. Let them have some time to get to know the people they will be working with. Be sure to help them integrate into the new environment, especially if your current staff is a small, close knit group that have been together for a long time. Remind your staff to be open and inviting to the new employee.

4. Show Them How They Fit In

Let them see how the work they will be doing fits into the bigger picture. Describe how their daily tasks contribute to the rest of the business as a whole. Allowing them to see the bigger picture will help them to work to a goal, rather than aimlessly completing random tasks. Knowing the broader structure of the company may also encourage any ideas of their own for future progression within the business.

5. Be Open to Questions

They will no doubt have a great deal of questions to ask during their initial work period and you must remain open and willing to answer any and all questions they throw at you. You should even encourage them to ask question, ensuring there are no uncertainties in their mind. Set up regular catch-ups with them to ensure they are fitting into their role and the company and to give them any pointers they may need. They will have different and more matured questions as they become more accustomed to their role, so you need to remain accessible to them until they are entirely fitted in.

The first day is always the hardest, and as an employer it is your role to ensure new staff are made to feel comfortable and welcome. These tips will help your to complete that task. Have you recently recruited new staff? If so, what did you do on their first day?

Steps to Take When You’re Moving City for a Job

Beginning a new job is always an exciting experience, but one which is usually also tinged with apprehension and uncertainty. And when starting a new job means upping sticks and moving to a new city, the excitement, apprehension and uncertainty are all magnified ten-fold.

Making the Most of a New Start

Making a new start and a new life is nothing if not daunting, but it is also a hugely exciting thing to be doing. Even if you are apprehensive about the move and about leaving friends and family behind, try and arrive in a positive frame of mind – see this as a chance to get to know a new location, meet new friends and move on in your chosen career, rather than dwelling on all those favourite spots and all the friendly faces you are leaving behind.  Continue reading “Steps to Take When You’re Moving City for a Job”