Should I really be writing?

Ever wake up and wonder if you’re really a writer? Do you think it’s time to forget this crazy dream and just get on with your day job? Before you decide, ask yourself what your real passion is.

Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions – HBR

Creativity and pay

Here’s a reflection about creative work and getting paid by an Australian writer and mother. She raises the age-old questions about balancing work and motherhhood, and getting paid for writing. (So you know, HECS is an Australian student loan program and TAFE is a vocational training system.) While she offers no new solutions, sometimes knowing others struggle with the same challenges — including fatherhood — helps.

The literary mother load | Overland literary journal

Go ahead, gossip

Gossip has a bad reputation. It may stem from kindergarten experiences with the “telephone game,” the one in which a message whispered around the room gets warped in passing. But gossip is a great tool for your characters to use. Imagine the potential for description without resorting to “as I checked my red hat in the mirror, I saw… .” And, as this article points out, not all gossip is bad.

Five Hidden Benefits Of Gossip

Do it daily

Keeping at it — writing every day — is a challenge many face. Even the greats, John Steinbeck, for example, face it. For a glimpse into Steinbeck’s routine and the doubts he overcame, here is a synopsis of Working Days, his journal of The Grapes of Wrath. Then write. And repeat.

Working Days: John Steinbeck, the Art of Discipline, and the Diary as a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work | Brain Pickings