Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tips for the working writer: working 9 to 5. What a way to make a livin' by Genevieve Crownson

Working 9 to 5. What a way to make a livin’. Tips for the working writer.
By Genevieve Crownson
Dolly Parton probably hadn’t met fiction writers vehemently trying to make their way in the world when she wrote the song 9 to 5. Those of us that still unabashedly foray into the outside working world to keep a roof over our heads know that by no means, will we be done with the daily grind when the clock strikes 5.
But not to worry I still love me some Dolly.
Like Cinderella, working writers know our coach turns into a pumpkin at midnight as we burn the midnight oil trying to make our numbers for the day. We persevere hoping we have enough energy to churn out words that keep our devilishly daring imaginations hopping before that gong strikes twelve and our riches return to rags. So what is it that keeps the motivation going? How do you keep striving forward toward your dreams?
Here are the facts.
Fact #1
If you don’t love what you do and you are submissive to the idea of never writing ever
again, then fold up your beach chair and call it a day. Writing a book takes guts and glory. Add working in the outside ecosphere to that and it’s even harder. If the passion in the boudoir isn’t there, and you and your laptop aren’t having that elicit love affair most evenings, then that book will remain in the cobwebby attic of your mind for eternity. Maybe it would be best to pursue a new desire—something that gives you enough drive to keep going like a Duracell battery.
Fact #2
Schedules are your best friend. Marie Forleo always says “If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real.” Schedule the time to write your book. Make yourself accountable and show up. Trust me, Marie knows what she is talking about, she is one of the most successful woman on the planet. Go check out Marie TV on YouTube and get inspired. This parlays me to my next fact.
Fact #3
Always leave time for inspiration. Go a googling on the internet or jump on YouTube and find your sinful stimulus. Find someone that has experienced what you are going through right now; a successful person who has crested over the mountain peak and is delighting in the sunrise. Watch and learn how they did it. Be a sponge. But not Sponge Bob. He’s already taken. Believe that if they can do it so can you, everybody at the top probably started where you are now. Keep the faith, and go for it.
Fact #4
It’s okay not to be princess perfect. Everyone has their down dog yoga days. Those moments when you feel as languid and droopy as a Basset Hound and you know you can’t possibly scrounge up one more ounce of energy. (No offense to Basset’s—I do know a lovely Basset who does his best dog deliberations while lounging). Be kind to yourself. Everyone needs a break every now and then. There will be instances when you arrive home from work brain dead. And you know nothing good will be squeezed from your noggin. So go veg in front of the telly with Castle, imagine that you too are living the life of a best seller. And if that doesn’t float your boat you can go have a staring contest with the cat. Full disclosure here though:
 You will never win.
Trust me I’ve tried. Majick Moon Crownson trumps every time. I just tell myself he’s cheating. I admit to feeling guilty about down time, it’s one of my biggest challenges. I was the kid that cried if I couldn’t go to school. Yes, I know it’s a bit wacky but there it is. Be unabashedly unapologetic about your “me” time. It will help you in the long run so you won’t feel so Willy Wonka. And you will definitely produce better material.
Fact #5
Have fun with your writing. Try not to live in the future but enjoy the journey. Get lost in your own story shenanigans and have a blast doing it. Success will come.
Wishing you all the best of luck. Happy Writing!
Love, Genevieve XOXO

Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.

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