“I assume you’re reading this because you’d much rather be a paid writer than a jizz mopper at your local spunk bank…”
So, work sucked and you don’t feel like getting any writing done. Now, I ask you this, how are you planning on getting out of the job which aggravates you so much if you never get any writing done?
Of course, I assume you’re reading this because you’d much rather be a paid writer than a jizz mopper at your local spunk bank (or whatever other awful industry you may currently work in). But here’s the thing, there’s no way to get out of your own personal hell that is your job unless you put in max effort. You have to push past all the crappy job stuff that gets in the way of your writing.
Now, I get it. I’m one of you. I have a day job which leaves me amazed in how I haven’t gotten sent away to Arkham Asylum by the end of each shift. It’s such a pain in the ass when all you do at work is think about writing, but when you finally get home you can’t write because you’re stupid tired.
But if you want to be a writer, there’s no excuse for slacking off and not getting your writing done. You’re just being lazy. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Most of us get home and flip on the TV and “relax’ instead of writing. But if you can watch TV, you can knock out a few paragraphs.
It goes without saying, if you want to be a writer, you’re going to have to work around your day job until you make it big. And even “making it big” doesn’t guarantee you can quit your day job. Many successful authors keep regular jobs as writing isn’t exactly a stable career field. Ideally, the job you have is a nice place to work which allows you some free time for writing. Even if it’s just on breaks and lunch.
Now, let’s come back to reality where your company is lucky if the building is still standing by the time you clock out at the end of the day. Trust me, as I currently work a shitty job, I know the feeling of getting so fed up you wish for an earthquake and tornado to hit the building at the same time. An “earthnado” if you will.
There are all kinds of ways your day job can screw you over as an aspiring writer. Just being tired after an unnecessarily hard day’s work can leave you creatively drained. Enough so that you can only manage enough energy to watch an endless stream of cat videos.
And chances are good, if you’re not exhausted, you’re probably crazy high-strung from dealing with “the stupid” at the workplace. There is good news, however. With practice, you can get overcome all that dumb shit. So sit back, relax, and find out how to use your crappy job as a way to improve your writing.
5. Use Writing to Manage Anger and Stress Brought On By Work
You know all that stress you’ve been carrying around and the anger you’ve been suppressing deep inside like a tiny ball of fire? Take it out on the keyboard. And no, I’m not talking about smashing your laptop over the head of that one coworker who constantly steals lunches out of the fridge. What I’m saying is, take all the anger you’ve accumulated from work, and use it to enhance your writing process.
Not only will you feel better afterwards. but it might surprise you what ends up on the page. All the raw emotion can lead to amazing storytelling. Something the readers can really feel. And as an added benefit, you get rid of all that stress in a healthy manner. Which means you might even live long enough to make something out of your writing!
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