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The Dreaded Day Job, the Pro Rookie By Liz Crowe

Holy Calendar Check kids—it’s almost the fourth quarter of 2018.

How much writing did YOU do this year so far? It’s well established that I am not really a NaNo type of writer so that’s not really looming on my creative horizon. But I did some things this year so far. Yes indeed I did. I’ve harped on the whole genre switcheroo I did with the Great Agenting Project enough so I’ll not bore you with that anymore. Although a collective finger crossing from the group would be great as that sucker just got pitched today. Let us all hold our breath…

I also concocted a sports romance series and wrote the first book and subbed it. Still waiting that one out.

I also started a cool thing on Radish—you know, that’s the reader app where people pay for one episode (chapter) at a time? I tossed a metric ton of my backlist up there this year, which translated into a corresponding metric ton of reconfiguration of my chapters to make them all cliffhangers. But I also used the platform to introduce Liz-style thrillers. I posted my near-future medical thriller Precious Vessel there (this being the Project That Got Zero Agent Love for the past three years or so). Then, I came up with the concept for a sexy domestic thriller—kind of a Gone Girl meets modern style Peyton Place / Stepford Wives, if you will indulge me that mash-up. I’m writing it literally as I go. I mean it is the ultimate pantser project. And it is as fun as heck, not gonna lie. Now that Radish allows for reader feedback it’s even more fun as I get a bit of that from my new fans.

I’m currently in the midst of co-writing a little something, with my author hero and friend, Desiree Holt. It’s morphed from a romantic suspense to an “older couple” (and by “older” I mean “slightly older than 35”) with a sports element. It’s been fun, and I have learned a lot from Desiree in the process.

 

“Okay, enough with the laundry list, Liz,” you say? “Why do we need to know this?” you ask. “Lay some of your way-cool advice on us instead,” you demand?

All right. I’ll tell you straight up that the past three weeks for me have been a whirlwind, ending with me landing my dream job. No lie. I’m the new marketing director (or “Ambassador of Buzz” as I like to call myself) for a company that owns two breweries in Michigan. I’m back in my element you might say. And you would be 100% correct about that.

 

However, I’ve realized something else about having a dream job. It really cuts into my writing time.

So I’m here to ask YOUR advice. That’s right. Time to turn the old tables and listen to what you have to say about this dilemma. I mean, my day job is going to be a total doozy. Regular hours, plus events, travel, after-hours stuff. All with booze so I am NOT complaining make no mistake about that. However, I now have to be a lot stingier with my off-hours if I’m going to continue with this writing gig. And I fully intend to do that, again, making no mistakes.

So I ask you intrepid day-jobbers—whether you’re in a job you love or a job you have to survive, what is your best practices strategy for fitting in your creative time? I am better in the early hours, once I convince my body that my brain is ready to rise. So I’m guessing that I’ll be in that “5:30 a.m. writers club” sort of a situation most days. But I’m kind of freaking out about it. Up until now, I’ve been able to write more or less whenever. And while I was pretty good about it this year, I did create less than I have in previous years. In short, 2018 was a bit of a lazy one for me, writing-wise.

I suppose / hope / pray that this new situation will force me to use my writing time better. Instead of flipping on Netflix, I’ll open the laptop. Instead of popping open a beer and sitting outside, I’ll pop open a beer and open my laptop outside. But I’m honestly curious. If you have a day job and still maintain a positive words output, share your story in a comment below.

I look forward to getting some insights into how to manage the job and the books!

Cheers,

Liz

 

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Liz CroweAmazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate...