Reading goes hand-in-hand with writing
I love to read. I always have my current #nowreading novel in my handbag. At the moment, it's "The Sisters Brothers", a funny yet sad gold rush story by Patrick DeWitt.
It's FANTASTIC seeing your work on a shelf (which isn't in your living room) for everyone to see. It's a better feeling than getting flowers on Valentines Day.
You may have noticed, I'm a big fan. It's paying me dividends in blog traffic and some book sales, and I have learned to reap the benefits and tailor it to my needs. Check out my Twitter and my Facebook before you do anything else! I'm also on LinkedIn and Google+.
Magazines which come with the job
I hate magazines written for women. I've tried Glamour, Cosmo, Red... Hate them all. The content is tripe 90% of the time and the other 10% is likely to be adverts. Writing Magazine is so much better quality reading. It actually helps writers with their writing, boosts the confidence you have as a writer, and keeps you up to date with industry developments and competitions. I'll only ever take a break from it for travel magazines! #borntobeatourist
I can get creative
I'm no artist, I'm not a poet, and I only dabble in photography - and mainly just getting lucky there. Writing allows me a creative side I wouldn't have shown otherwise. I love the feeling of being 'in the flow'!
Writing has opened me up to a world of new people and experiences
- New friends I've made through writing
- Additional transferable skills I've added to my CV (e.g. being Towcester
- Competitions I've entered - I've even won a runner's up prize in one!
- I've been to many national events and workshops - a new perspective on 'having to go to
a work conference'!
So many people hate their job and I don't!
Sure, mine's only part-time, a kind of hobby job, but I still have to work hard for it. Keeping up with competitions, a monthly column in MK Pulse Magazine, reading writing-related magazines, balancing a social media presence, blogging (x2), oh, and actual novel writing too. Someone recently doubted I do actually do all I I say I'm involved in during my spare time.
"Do you really do it all?! How?!" Fool - I just do. Loves it.
I can do it anywhere
All I need is a notepad. I've written on a Greek ferry... In a coffee shop... In bed... On a train... On my lunch break at work... at home (now!)... On the M25 when it's at a standstill... In Tesco when I've overheard someone with some interesting conversation... On holiday...
You can practice unnoticed
No one needs to hear or so the awfulness of your work... unlike when I was learning the piano as a teenager. It's a win-win for everyone.
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