Occupation Writer

When asked for my occupation I’ll sometimes add another one to it. I’ll answer that I’m a homemaker and a writer.

In last week’s post I shared with you that, as a homemaker, I take pride in my role and I really appreciate it whenever a bank clerk, or any other employee who is asking me about my job, accepts my answer without any further comment.

Can you guess how different people’s reaction is towards a writer? Can you imagine the comments they are making? Writers, whether published or not, know what I’m talking about. People are usually thrilled and find it very interesting, a quite exciting job to have. Strangly, nobody has ever asked me the same question they ask after I’ll answer homemaker as for my occupation…

Have you ever thought about taking a job to earn a little extra income?

Unless a writer is famous or has written a bestseller, she will not make a fortune but hardly enough to make a living.

On the other side, there are two major advantages this job has:

  • Flexible hours
  • Free choice of workplace
  • I really enjoy working from home and also love the flexibility that comes along with it. However, I’m trying hard to give my best each week to stick to a tight schedule. If I don’t, I usually end up not writing a lot or not finishing in time 😦 Writing during the early hours of the day is perfect for me (even though I’m not really a morning person). If I’ll get right to it, I’m usually finished. by lunchtime.
  • I love the idea of having the freedom to write wherever inspiration hits: at the beach, in a boat on a lake, sitting on the sofa, etc. I don’t take my laptop along everywhere I go but usually have some lightweight, small tools like paper and pencil and/or a digital audio recorder with me. I also keep a small notebook and pen handy in my kitchen. You wouldn’t believe how many times ideas come to my mind whenever I’m washing the dishes. If I don’t jot them down right away they are gone later on.
  • How about you? Are you a writer, perhaps even a published one? Which hours of the day do you find best for your writing? Do you type on your computer or do you handwrite some of your thoughts, too?

    About Carmen W.

    I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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    2 Responses to Occupation Writer

    1. orthodoxmom3 says:

      I’m not sure I’m even a writer anymore. Other than my blog anyway. I worked on one of my manuscripts ONCE this summer. UGH.
      I never know what to write in those blanks at the doctor’s office for occupation….. homemaker? homeschool mom? Lemongrass Spa Consultant (in which I only brought in a couple hundred dollars and less than a hundred dollars in this year) so not exactly full time there… writer?? lol……

      • Carmen W. says:

        If you want to write, can‘t wait to write, love to write then you are a writer — even if you are „only“ writing your blog. 😉
        This might be a season in which you are not able to write much for whatever reason. You say you are a homemaker and a homeschool mom? There you go! You‘ve got your hands full at the moment, perhaps with still small children? Keep your priorities right: homemaking and homeschooling are two very important jobs and sometimes writing will just have to wait.
        Having said that, maybe you could make it a habit and set aside 20-30 minutes for writing a couple of words each day? Consistency helps a lot and writing even 200-300 words each day will eventually add up.

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