Yes, you can. It is difficult but it is doable. You can work more than forty hours a week on a day job and you can become a writer, author a book and end up publishing it. Whether or not you become a bestseller and how well your book is received by the readers and the critics is, however, a different ballgame.
Let us understand a few realities of being a part-time writer, because that’s what you would be if you don’t spend all your day, and possibly also the night, writing.
• Part-time writers face a few challenges that fulltime writers don’t. There is a day job that compels you to wake up at a certain time, there is some degree of pressure at work, you will be tired when you get home and then there are certain compulsions of day-to-day life that will demand your time, energy and attention. In the process, you may end up not writing at all. You may end up being a sporadic writer who pens down a thousand words in a month or a few hundred words once in several days.
The aforementioned is unavoidable. But there are certain things that are doable. Those are what you should do.
There’s No Perfect Time To Write
Many aspiring writers having a day job wonder if they would get the ideal time to write. There is no specific time of day or night, place or setting which would be perfect for writing. Even the bestsellers haven’t figured it out yet. You just have to write. Don’t wait for any perfect time as there isn’t one.
Make Writing A Habit
You spend eight hours at work, an hour and a half or around that on traveling and you have several hours of mundane chores every day. Where’s the time to write if you have a job? Well, there is. Think of the time you spend watching television, on futile chatting with people who don’t matter much in your life, speculating on certain irrelevant and insignificant matters and indulging in procrastination. Let these go. Instead, pick a place in your home, grab a notepad or a laptop or whatever’s available, and just write. When you start writing every day, as part of your routine, you are on your way to becoming a writer.
More than a dozen popular and iconic writers have had their day jobs, before they became successful and well after they attained fame and money. There’s no reason why you can’t do it.
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