Below are the resources mentioned during our talk at Hippocampus Magazine's 2018 Hippocamp conference for creative nonfiction writers.
The stereotype that you MUST quit your day job to hone your craft and follow your passion for writing quite simply isn’t true. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with devoting your career to writing, but there’s also nothing wrong with complementing your creative work with a—gasp!—day job.
Carina Sitkus will share how her career in marketing and as the editor of a college magazine has sparked creativity and renewed focus in her writing; Amy Young Evrard, an anthropology professor, will share how her academic research turned into an idea for a memoir.
You will leave the session with ideas and practical tips about how to make your own day job work for your creative writing—perhaps even fuel it.
Resources from our talk:
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Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art? New York Times
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Another I didn't mention, but would recommend reading, is Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process edited by Joe Fassler
Mentioned by session attendees-
Hudson Valley Writers Guild // Programs with structured writing time
*Someone mentioned a resource that I wrote down as "Write number for a day," and I can't find what it references, so if you are the recommender, please comment and I'll add it!
Info about the CONFAB conference