Managing Work and Writing

kt literary client Catherine Cheek had a fascinating post up on her blog this weekend about balancing work and writing, and I thought it was well worth sharing. She offers some great advice:

If you want to quit your job to be a writer, first do two things. Take a week-long “writing vacation” and write down how many hours you REALLY spend writing. Secondly, find out how much health insurance costs for an unemployed person. Then look up the cost of a typical surgery.

She also believes “having a part-time job is better than having no job at all. Quitting your job and taking three months off to write will not make you as productive as dropping from 40 hours a week to 35 hours a week will be.” Read the whole thing, and then come back here and tell me how YOU fit writing into your life.
What do you do when you’re not writing? Are you working? Are you a parent? Do you try to keep to a schedule, and treat writing like a job you need to check in and out of?
And speaking of jobs, another fab kt literary client (and fellow Clarion classmate of Catherine Cheek) Matthew Cody will have a conversation with The Bartimaeus Trilogy author Jonathan Stroud at Symphony Space in New York on Sunday, January 25th. Check it out if you’ll be in town.

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