Last week we asked for brave volunteers to tell us their stories about writing at work on company time—be it at a becubicled office, a busy restaurant or bar, a factory (a la Ben Hamper), what have you—for a new series called “Writers at Work at Work.” I expected a small handful of responses, but instead, I’m scrambling to keep up with all of the wonderful worker-writers willing to share with us.
If you care to be one of them, drop me a line and I’ll get you started.
Our first writer at work at work has asked that we call him “Raymundo.” Raymundo recently left a state agency in the South where for 13 years he worked in IT; “an unhealthy situation,” he tells us, where his “growing contempt for that workplace was vented in creative writing.”
Imagine how much great writing there would be if more frustrated workers used creative writing at work as an outlet.
Raymundo was kind enough to answer some questions about his experiences writing at work, which he told me ended up being a therapeutic exercise. I’m glad of that, because his responses, while often amusing, definitely hint at lots of workplace dissatisfaction, a feeling shared by many millions of workers. read more
Recently a friend in Milwaukee told me that he busts his hump at the office Monday through Thursday so that on Friday he has lots of spare time to work on his novel; if he plays his cards right he hits his work quota Friday morning and then has until quitting time to write. He delays his reporting so that his bosses don’t know he’s stealing Fridays from the company. (Yes, bosses! He answers to two people. Yuck. Office Space, anyone?)
Well, this piqued my interest. Here at WriteByNight we’ve recorded videos on finding time to write, and even created a Time Management questionnaire designed to help you target available writing time. Get up extra early before work, we say. Write on your lunch break. After work, write for an hour before turning on the TV!
But in none of these have we suggested writing on the clock. read more
Geographically it’s a long way from Utah to Vermont, but we here at WriteByNight roll alphabetically, yo! (Gosh, what a silly intro. I guess there are only so many interesting ways to introduce a State Writing Resources series post. It’s a good thing we’re at the Vs.)
Didja know that Vermont wasn’t one of the original 13 colonies, contrary to what you may think without Wikipedia handy? Between 1777, when it declared its own independence from Great Britain, and 1791, when it joined the Union, Vermont was an independent republic called … Vermont Republic. Before then, New Hampshire, New York and England each wanted its grubby paws on Vermont’s resources.
Does that include its writing resources, you may wonder? Well, take a peek at the list below and judge for yourself. But if we were New Hampshire, New York or England, we’d sure want to claim these as our own.
Presented in no particular order, here are 12 Vermont writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a Green Mountain stater or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more
About a year ago we gathered together some excellent advice for beginning writers from our writing coaches and consultants, set them to some fun Muzak, and offered them as Parts 1 and 2 of a video series called “Words of Wisdom For the Aspiring Writer.”
OK, so what? So, since those videos posted we’ve taken on even more wonderful writing coaches, and they too have some hot tips for those of
you us looking for a little writing inspiration. “Show your work!” they tell us. “Read and live!” “Engage in the process!”
And, of course, do that thing with your butt. read more
Today we’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our wonderful staff of consultants and coaches, Tom Andes. Tom is a New Englander by birth and currently lives in New Orleans, where he writes fiction and nonfiction is shopping around a story collection.
Below is a Q&A with Tom Andes, followed by a brief bio. read more
I recently had an interesting conversation with WBN client Robert L. We were discussing a proof of his novel and he was anxious about moving forward, understandably. Robert had had a bad experience with a professional proofreader who charged him an arm and a leg and didn’t deliver on what he had promised.
Unfortunately, this happens often. In an industry saturated with independents—either freelancers or writers who pick up editorial work on the side—a writer better get savvy about choosing wisely (which is a post topic for another time). There are a lot of folks out there who call themselves professional proofreaders, but that doesn’t make it so. Just because I say I’m a shoe doesn’t make me a shoe. In order to be a shoe, I would need to have certain characteristics, certain qualities about me that are shoe-like: I would be foot-shaped, for example, and made of perhaps leather, canvas, or rubber. Bottom line: to be a proofreader, you must know how to proofread and you must do it well. There’s little subjectivity there. You either catch the errors and fix them or you don’t. read more
We’ve finally reached the homestretch of our State Writing Resources series; after getting over the Texas hump we’re now barreling west toward Utah. Ah, ‘tah. Its motto is “Industry.” A state of few words. A resident of Utah is known as a Beehive Stater, not because Utah is abuzz with hornets but because when one thinks of industry, one thinks of a beehive. And because some of the state’s founding Mormons initially called the place Deseret, which according to the Book of Mormon (according to Wikipedia) is “an ancient word for honeybee.”
Utah writing boasts a Pulitzer and NBA winner, Wallace Stegner (aka “the Dean of Western Writers”), Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card, Mormon poet Eliza Snow, and author of the Runelords series Dave Wolverton.
Presented in no particular order, here are 10 Utah writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a Utahn/Utahan or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more