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Jobs For Writers


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Being a writer is hard work. There are many people will believe in your gift, and others will laugh in your face. I’m sure writers like Stephen King and J. K. Rowling were laughed at, but look at them now! I would LOVE to be on their level one day and even write for Huffington Post or a great company like it. Speaking of writing for a living, I have been applying to several writing jobs.  Now, I’ve worked as a writer before, but I am looking to do so on a full-time basis. If you read my plea for wanting a career as a writer, I was speaking for us all when I said we wanted to make it through our words. There are many jobs out there that writers can do. To name a few:

  • Content Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Fiction Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • TV Writer
  • Contributing Writer
  • Blog Writer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer

These are jobs that I have applied for in various companies. Let’s hope one of these turns out to be a winner. But, if not, I am still writing. My suggestion would be to ALWAYS write. The more you write, the better you will be become in your craft. But, there is one thing a writer should always do as well. That is to:

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A great writer is also a great reader. I LOVE to read as you know if you’ve been seeing my  Goodreads page, and book reviews. I watched a few interviews with Stephen King and he said that he reads all the time. It helps strengthen his writing.

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Writing is already a job within itself, but sometimes we have to get day jobs, too. I used to work full-time, go to school and STILL would write before I went to bed. Lately, I have been writing a lot of samples for the writing jobs that I have been applying for. My point is that writing should always be precedent if it’s something you plan on doing for the rest of your life. As for myself I want to be like Stephen King and just write for a living. In time I have no doubt that it won’t happen. I am going to re-read On Writing by Stephen King just to get inspiration to keep going. This journey can be a lonely road, but I will not stop climbing. If you want a writing job and to continue your own projects, keep striving. Don’t let or allow anyone to tell you differently.

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Dream Deferred


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At times in life, our life shifts into different directions that are out of our control. Today I experienced a shift that totally not only knocked me off my feet, but again the wall so hard that I can’t move. Trying to find a job in the writing and research field is hard enough ( hell, a job period), but finding out that you can no longer get the education to continue to try to be on the way of success is a hard blow. I found out that I can’t finish pursuing my PhD. On this blog, I like to keep it real with my readers and give it to you straight no chaser. I know that set backs and things happen. I also know that it’s not the end of the world and I will be able to finish, but right now, in this moment, I feel like someone has taken my air supply for me to breathe. Due to financial reasons, I am unable to finish school at the moment. I know that many have been where I am, and even more have experienced this same situation, but this is my current reality. The reality that I feel like I’ve failed. Parents raise their children to follow the directions, law and get a good education. I have done all of that and yet it seems like it was for nothing. Being a PhD student has taught me a lot about myself and to endure patience in the inevitable. Even though I only have 3 classes until I start writing my dissertation, I guess patience is something I still have to endure before I am able to go back to school. Ah, the irony!

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Not working in a field or job that is tolerable is the worst kind of agony that I don’t wish on anymore. At first it’s like, ” Okay, I’m going to be fine. I have a savings that will hold me for a while.” Then it turns to, ” Holy shit! I’m out of money, what am I going to do?” The unthinkable of not wanting to feel even more like a failure or lame you turn to those parents who taught you how to make it on your own and tell them not only have you failed, but school is deferred. It’s something like a hard blow to the head on the way down to the floor. Now, I’ve never been hit in the head, but I can imagine the pain that comes with it. I know some of you may be thinking, ” It’s not the end of the world, you will go back when you get the funds.” I hope that does happen. Its just an initial shock. I’m still struggling to find work and I’m no longer in school. I have to take a leave of absence for a while just until things change.

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This is currently how I’m feeling. Determine what the next step is for my life, if there is a next step to take. Im doing all I can by applying for jobs everywhere on a daily basis. My dream of successful writer is still in the works because I am writing or at least I will be. I opened up a manuscript that I had started and read it. It’s a love story and yet I just keep staring at the chapter 3 mark. We will not even go there in the relationship department. Granted, I want to be happy and have a successful relationship that will lead to marriage, but right now I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I just keep asking myself, ” Why do good people get the shittiest hands in life?” I understand the concept of life happening and things are never perfect, but it’s like every time you turn around it’s always something. Well, I think I’m done turning. What can happen if I stand still? Oh yea, nothing, lol. At least if I’m turning, I’m moving, right? Prayer has been my best friend and my journal has been my right hand. In due time I will have a good job and school will resume. The dream is not put off, it’s just a dream deferred.

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Thoughts


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Happy Tuesday! I hope all is well. Just had a few things on my mind that I wanted advice on. I appreciate everyone that comes by and reads my blog, so I think of you guys as my online family. Anyway, I had a post a few times about getting organized and staying on track. My own methods have not helped one bit!

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This is my ugly cousin who always shows up. No matter what I want to do or have plans on doing. I will watch youtube, fiddle on the internet or Facebook. It’s crazy. I think about if I’m ADD all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I get things done, I just do it on my own time. I’m wondering maybe planning doesn’t work for me?

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My office area is a mess, but I know where everything is, lol. Can anyone relate to this? Of course you can! I’ve read articles where they state ” messy” people are the ones that are the most intelligent. I heard that Albert Einstein had a messy work space and look what he became to be. Don’t get me wrong, I like for this to be neat, but I like my own area and space. I could not live with someone who was OCD. They’d hate me. My mother is OCD (hasn’t been diagnosed), and she hates my messes around my apartment.  I was thinking about things that I can do to not procrastinate so much. It’s crazy how technology takes up so much of our time. Any ideas?

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


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Just Between Us by Mario Lopez Book Review


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Hey readers! Here is a book review from the latest book I read. I really enjoyed it, I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars!

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The Struggles of Diabetes and Working


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Happy Friday readers! I hope that you guys are still reading those wonderful words filled with pages that are called books! Okay, I know that was corny, but hey, it is Friday after all right? I hope that everyone has been doing well in good health and the happiest ever. For me, I am having some struggles, but I am a trooper. I wanted to talk about the struggles of having diabetes and working.

Shortness of Breath 

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I have been experiencing some shortness of breath within the last two months. My doctor has no clue where it is coming from. Sadly, I have been to the emergency room twice about this matter. I do see a pulmologist ( I totally spelled that wrong), but I see a lung doctor next month. With me not knowing what this is, it has me scared. Granted, I do have asthma and I am on inhalers for that. But, it is not working. Hopefully, I will know something soon. This comes and goes but the fact that it is happening at all is freaky!  This is one of the issues that is starting to stress me out. I mean, I need to breathe normally.

Work life 

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As if there is not enough on my plate, work is starting to stress me out as well. I am not going to name the company, but I will say the policy is hard to grasp. As stated previously in my blog, I have had many doctors appointments where I have had to miss work due to not feeling well with the diabetes and shortness of breath. My notes from my doctor are not acceptable. So, I receive an occurrence every time I am out. They do have accommodation requests where my doctor has filled out many medical forms for regarding my diagnosis and the accommodations needed. To make a long story short and not a short story long, I am afraid that I will loose my job. I have been looking for more job, going on a few interviews, etc. But, it is extremely hard to find work. Especially if you  are trying to find a job in your field. I have many fields that I can work in. I will continue to keep trying with the job search.

Diabetes 

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I had the worst scare of my life yesterday morning. Out of work from being in the ER due to the shortness of breath, I was home resting. For dinner that night, I had a turkey burger with some cabbage. It was so good. I did not use seasonings that contained salt, but I did have a little juice. The next morning, my head was pounding like someone was hitting me with a hammer constantly in my head. I checked my blood sugar and it was 243! Holy cow! I had never ever experienced my sugar being that high since my diagnosis. I panicked, cried and did not know what to do. I did the first thing that came to my mind was pray and drink lots of water. Once I was able to relax, I started to feel better. I checked my blood sugar a few hours later, it went down to about 160. It was still high, but not as high as it was. For anyone who has diabetes, I will say i do not like having it. It gives me anxiety and stresses me out to the point that I cry. Researching methods on how to manage it better has been my main focus. I don’t want to die from this disease nor have it take over my life. Right now, it is stressful, but I know i will be okay. It still takes some getting used to.

How do you handle life’s struggles?

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Health Update: Diabetes and Kidneys?


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Good morning readers! I come to you today feeling a little down. It will last long, but I just want to say that it sucks! I am doing good on my diet, but I went to the doctor on Thursday to get blood work done so they could run more tests. I passed some of the tests, but now my doctor put me on a low dose pill for my KIDNEYS!! I mean who wants to know that there kidneys are having issues? I thought i was good. I’m on a diet, I’ll be working out more, geez…how much more can I take?

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Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is still an adjustment that I am trying to used to. Aside from taking medicine for it, I find myself going into a small depression. I don’t know how to feel about my diabetes and my kidney issues. My doctor said my kidneys are fine, but he wants to get me started on a pill so that they will remain that way. I’m not trying to be the pill popping queen, but it is just so much to take in. To help cope with my feelings about my health, I am reading and trying to write. I currently have a ghostwriting project that I am doing so that will take the focus away from me thinking about my health. It just makes me sad because my grandmother had diabetes, some family on my father’s side has it and my brother had kidney problems. I’m going to do my best to stay active. But, I do have some good news, I’m down another pound! I am excited about that. Now, I just have to keep at it. Today, I’m going out to get a treadmill for my home. i was going to join a gym, but then I said I can work out at home. I really have to motivate myself and get it done.

Check out my video where I talk more about diabetes and of course…my love, books! Tell me what books do you plan on buying?

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Meet Up #1: Tracey Clark A Great Writer and Blogger


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It’s not everyday that you get to meet awesome people! Well, I have met a new friend, blooger and writer named Tracey. Tracey and I met though another blog! I have decided to do guest posts on my blog so you that you guys can join in on the fun! If you are interested in being featured on my blog please send queries to:krystoldiggs@gmail.com. Okay, enough of my rambling, meet Tracey!

Tell the readers about yourself?

I am a country-twang gal from the bluegrass state. Kentucky is a hot bed of horses, cave systems, and whiskey. And I love all three. With my pugs and bossy kitty cat, I spend my days writing and working social media. I write with the help of the voices pushing me to create worlds for them to live in. Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Romance, and eventually some cowboys (because cowboys live in a group all there own, yummmm) are the genres that I love best.

In 2005, a serious case of Multiple Sclerosis ended my higher education as I strived to finish my mathematics degree, wiping away all my beautiful numbers and a large portion of artistic talents that I had taken for granted most of my life. After a few years, my beautiful words started to come back to me. Filling my days and nights with imagined worlds helped me to cope with my newfound reality. I am currently working with Mary (my publisher) at http://gonewritingpublishing.blogspot.com/ Each day I find that getting sick has helped me to find my passion.

  1. What made you start blogging?

I knew that if I wanted to be serious about publishing my worlds and characters for the world to find and enjoy, I needed a platform. At first I collected books like ‘2014 Novel and Shortstory Writer’s Market’, while I joined RWA (both online and my local chapter) in order to gain the knowledge I would need to go forward with what had fast become my life, my dream.

Butttt … Post MS me turns out to be extremely tech-lite. It took some frustration and multiple attempts, but I final know at least half of the ways to share my posts with the world wide web. Okay … at least a quarter of the ways. But this gal refuses to give up. I have been blessed with something that I love to do. Something that none of my current limitations can prevent me from doing. Yep, I love disappearing into a world of my own making.

  1. What inspires you to write?

At first, I was just looking for a way to relieve the boredom. When I first got sick everything caused my head to hurt. No TV, no reading, no writing … a lot of no-nos. Finally I was able to read for entertainment, but quickly found that the genres/authors I wanted to read were being produced slower than my need. Lol. With nothing to do but read, I went through quite a few books. I had always scribbled down story ideas, but for the most part I had focused on other arts like painting and poetry. I decided that flushing out my ideas sounded like a fun pursuit for my endless downtime … then story boards, rough drafts and finally searching for the publication avenue that would best suit my needs.

But it is more than just an inspiration to write. It is an inspiration to create. Between my Irish Granny with her love of painting, drawing, and cooking and my Cherokee Papaw with his need to gift everyone he met with their own personal rhyming introduction, his love of singing, and his overflowing notebooks of poetry, I grew up with a love of all things artistic. It is something that can take the ordinary and make it MORE. 😛

  1. As writers we always have to have that one drink when we are writing, what is your drink of choice?

My main drug of choice is Diet Coke. I refer to my easily flustered man at the gas station at the bottom of the hill as my Coke Dealer. 😛 I love diet coke, but only out of a fountain … no bottles, cans, or 2-liters for this gal. As a runner up, I enjoy tea. Sweet (splenda, of course) iced tea … I am from Kentucky after all. But a lot of other hot teas will do as well. I know that most will consider this blasphemy but I have never enjoyed the taste of coffee. It smells great, but that is as far as I will go.

5. Tell me about your latest writing, what can we expect to see from you?

Before I talk about my upcoming novel, I want to invite anyone that would like to participate in a blog tour. If interested, just drop me a line and I will put you in touch with my publisher. This will be my first blog tour, so any advice is welcome. 😛

This will be my first published piece, and I couldn’t be more excited. Shocking Finds: A Finder’s Keepers Novel is more than 100,000 words of fantasy/paranormal romance. The story begins as 21-year-old Marin attempts to find a small measure of independence. She lives in a world where heightened senses are common place, as she works at Finder’s Keepers using her senses to help find the lost or missing. Still, her overprotective and verbally abrasive aunt insists that real magic is for fools, nothing more than a children’s fairytale.

Her bid for independence leads to betrayal, Fae assassins, and more magic than Marin knows how to handle. Luckily, the insanity comes with her own personal bodyguard. A Fae too delicious for his own good.

This story started out as just Finder’s Keepers, but Stephen King managed to get there first. At first I was aggravated, but I think I may own the man a thank you. I already have two more rough drafts to follow in this series. As the people working at Finder’s Keepers will be in each novel, the master of horro actually did me a favor.

  1. Besides, Pugs, what other kind of animals do you like?

I love all animals, really. I definitely lean towards the Pug when I go to pick out a new pup, but there is so much beauty and intelligence to be found in the animal kingdom. Though I have never owned one myself, I love the feeling of flying across a field on the back of a horse. So much strength and elegance. To run on the back of some massive steed is the most freeing feeling to be had on land. (this is Kentucky which makes the beast hard to avoid)

There is also this toad that tends to stop by my back door when the weather gets warm. And yes I catch and feed him moths. This year, the toad appeared to be smaller. Most likely one of Froggy Assassin’s children (yes I named him :P). Last year I stepped outside, in the pitch black dark, and almost stepped on some toadish lovin’. Still, they fascinate me.

  1. You were diagnosed with MS a long time ago, what advice do you have for those who struggle with the disease?

The best advice I have to share would be to remind yourself each day that MS affects each person differently. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor tried to cheer me up by explaining that he knew of a patient with one lesion that had already died, while I could still walk and talk, even though my MRI showed too many lesions to count …. Huh??? Yeah, not very encouraging. I quickly stopped listen to horror stories, or even inspirational news. Instead I focused on how I felt, how I could deal with my limitations each and every day, and how to get back to being the person I used to be.

I had already lost my eyesight to the point that I couldn’t drive, only to have the issue reversed within a few months. So I knew that no matter what affects I had to face, I wasn’t the end. If I lost my ability to walk, I knew that with time I could get it back. I protect myself from further exacerbation (if your head hurts, stop what you are doing instantly, no matter what it is), and wake up asking myself two questions … what do I want to do today? Followed closely by; what can I do today? Just because reading hurts my head today, doesn’t mean I won’t be able to enjoy the book I’ve been waiting for forever tomorrow.

As for my writing, I can type or write long hand … or even use a tape recorder. There is always some way to get what you want. Just add artistic endeavors that use your mind and your hand to eye condonations, or even a child’s hand held game if you can. Work at building new pathways, new ways of being yourself, each day… and never give up.

8. Now we know about your writing, tell me about your reading style, how many books do you read?

I vary on the number of books I read each month, usually in the fantasy/paranormal romance genre but I will try anything with a cowboy to lust over. Because … yeah, Cowboys… yummm. So far, at 11 days into August, I have read four books. This is amazing to me. While my mother could go through twice as many, or more (when she is in the mood), I spend my youth and teen years avoiding books.

At four I was diagnosed as dyslexic. It all started when my aunt called to inform my mother that I written on the wall behind my cousins bed. Of course, my mother insisted to know how her sister knew that I had been the culprit. Turns out that I had written my name, and I had written it perfectly backwards.

People look at dyslexia as shameful, or worse, a sign of low intelligence. Malarkey. I learned coping mechanisms at an early age, and managed to do better in small bursts of text. Though a mild case, I still shied away from books and reading out loud. I would stutter when the teacher asked me to read something to the class that I hadn’t had the chance to memorize, and even today, editing my own words is a pain in the arse. Something that demands many, many, many rereads … and still it is always a good idea to have a second pair of eyes looking things over. But all of that is an inconvenience, not a handicap. I graduated from high school third in my class. I move slower than others, but finding a genre I love has helped me to improve a little more every year. Okay, rant over 😛

  1. What is your current read at this moment?

Currently, I have been reading the guild hunter series by Nalini Singh. And have been enjoying her style. She was suggested on a thread in Goodreads for one of their monthly read and pick for others threads. I needed something to fill my downtime, and all my favorites had been read and reread enough times that I had started to laugh about my favorite scenes while doing other activities. Lol. That is a lot worse than having a song stuck in your head.

  1. If you could meet any author who would it be and why?

Hmmmm … there are so many authors that I could so easily see adding to this list, but this is a blog swap, not a memoire (Warning: I can get a little wordy)

I would have to say that the number one person of interest would have to be Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken (same person) Her dragons and other beasts are right up my alley. I love the way she can blend humor and deep emotions (with a heavy dose of lovin) into her books. Just reading the worlds she creates, I know that she would be a hoot to talk with. I appreciate humor, having been raised by a woman with a sharp wit and hilarious attitude. Laughter can make any situations lighter, and the ones that are already light will become a blast.

  1. When you are reading a book do you prefer paperback, e-book or hard back?

For the most part, I read from my kindle. Buttttt …. I love owning hardbacks of my favorites. The look, the feel … I can spend hours, and all my money, in a book store. No matter how many book shelves I own, I always seem to need more.

  1. Where is the best place to read a book?

I work and read from the lazy boy recliner in my office. Excellent lighting, with a calm atmosphere filling the room from all my paintings and American Indian dream catchers. Comfort, relaxation, and an escape into the unknown.

  1. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

I definitely prefer fiction. And besides my love of cowboys, it is the more magical the better. I get enough of reality in day to day life. Being transported to another world is all about experiencing the impossible for me. While I enough deep emotions in at times, I what to have that open possibility that maybe, just maybe the world can be saved, the emotional death scene doesn’t have to be the end for the character you have grown to love, and handicaps can be fought through and conquered. I give myself permission to slip back into the mindset of a child. Where you dad is a superhero, you have the ability to track a lion in your backyard, and sailing your couch through the shark filled oceans of your living room carpet can happen at the drop of a hat.

  1. What do you expect for readers to get out of your blog?

More than anything else, I expect for readers to get acceptance from my blog. I welcome all comments as long as they are not hostile abrasive. The abasement of cultural groups and/or individual (for any reason) is not welcome.They can share in the insanity that is my life or pick up book ideas from random posts. They can follow my progress as I move toward the finish line to publish my first novel, and enjoy excerpts from my shorts and full novels. The number of people willing to follow my blog all ready had humbled me. I love meeting new people and chatting about books, random facts of life, or brainstorming to help fellow writers get their story rolling when it freezes up on them.

You can follow Tracey here!

Blog:                http://traceylclark.com/

Twitter:          https://twitter.com/traceylclark11

Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/trace.clar

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Linkedin:        https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceyclarkauthor

Goodreads:     https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10820204-tracey-clark

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Special Jenkins is a girl who has had a hard life. Being adopted by the only parents she knew, Special knew she was loved. But, at the age of 16, her adoptive parents were both killed in a car accident, which resulted in Special living in foster care until she was 18. Trying to find her way on earth alone, she graduates high school and enrolls in college. Now living on her own, Special must survive on her own being a struggling college student. Special Jenkins is a normal college student trying to make it in life. She looses her job and finds another at a local strip club. What was suppose to be a bar tending job, turns out to be a dancing one, where the men dream of her at night, and lust over her by day. But, she belongs to the manager, Boobie. Trying to be happy in life, Special finds out a secret about her real family that will put everyone in danger, including Special. Happy in love, living the good life, Special’s life stops at a screeching halt, when her biological cousin, Candace, has an important message from her biological mother, Sheryl, who wants to talk to Candace before she dies. A panicked and distraught Special, is full of pain and turmoil about her dying mother. Debating if she should find out why her mother abandoned her, Special finds out more secrets, from her boyfriend now fiancé Boobie. Torn between the love of her guy and the truth of her mother’s past, Special can not kill two birds with one stone. Instead, she puts the guy on the back burner, to attend to the dying mother, only to find a secret that has not only harmed Special’s mother, Sheryl, but it will also affect Special, and the love of her life. Finding out these terrible secrets, Special blames her dying mother and goes out to get revenge. She puts everyone that she knows at risk, including her friend, Persia. But, first, Special must tell the love of her life this horrible secret that was told to her just weeks ago while visiting her mother in Florida. Boobie takes the news badly, which leaves Special in danger for her life. Will she be able to escape her past and present and be able to enjoy her future, or will her future cease to exist?

 Happy Tuesday Readers!

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I wanted to do a giveaway because I have not done any for a while. My new book, The Special Jenkins Case has been out for a little while and I wanted my readers and subscribers to have a chance to check out my latest baby! I know it may sound silly, but I really call my books my babies. Come on, I know some of you writers out there do too. I can’t be the only one! So, if you are interested in a mystery book this read is for you!

Here are the rules: 

1. You must be subscribed to my blog. 

2. Follow me on twitter: @KrystolDiggs

3. Like my Facebook Page 

4. In the comments below, tell me one experience that has changed your life for the better. 

The TWO people with the best answers, will receive either a paperback or pdf copy of the book. I will announce the answer in the comments section at 8pm, EST.  Those two readers who leave an honest review on their blog and amazon.com ( I have to see it)  will not only get the book, but their review  will be featured on CNN I-REPORT in the opinion section on cnn.com with  their social media kits highlighted. For the winners, I want you to know that I have over 1 million views on my CNN profile, so you will get national exposure! Good luck, everyone! 

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Until You Have To


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Hey readers! Today, I want to talk about writers not quitting their job. Often times, we hear stories about how a self-published author made a lot of money of their book, or how a screenwriter sold their first screenplay. This is good news for them right? I know you maybe thinking, “ What did they do, that I am not doing?” It may seem like a catch 22, but the answer is nothing. If you are writing and completing projects and marketing them the best you can, then you are doing it right. No one will hit the jackpot over night. The two winners that I mentioned are the acceptation to the rule.

“ I want to be a wrier full-time. Maybe I will quit my job!” Wait, a minute! Do not pass go, do not collect that $200. I know that we as writers want to do this full-time, but it’s very risky. Sure, you write good stories and publish them, but is it enough income to live off of? Absolutely, not! You do not have Stephen King’s paycheck.Yet, let me add. He writes everyday for a living, because he is able. But, don’t get me wrong, Stephen King even had to work while he was pursuing his career as a writer. He’s worked at Universities, in factories and more stuff. In fact, is his memoir,” On Writing”, he talks about how he was teaching when he was writing his best-selling book “ Carrie”.

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a writer full-time. Trust me, I want to do it, too. But, you have to also be realistic. Money does not come quickly when being a writer. Even if you have an agent or manager, things do not move as quickly as we want them to. We are only as good as our last work in progress. Currently, I’m working a job that is not in my field while pursuing my writing career also and going to school for my PhD. I have to keep the lights on, and make rent. I can’t do that just by writing –not yet anyway. Writers, it’s a hard road that we must all take if we want to continue to make it as a writer. It is truly a marathon and not a sprint. You may not get your “ big break” for another 4-5 years. But, don’t give up, don’t get discouraged, and just keep going. Keep fighting the good fight.

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While working a day job, if  you are able to save money for your writing career, do so. It will benefit you for when you have to pay for expenses such as book, manager/lawyer fees, the works!  I’m talking getting promo stuff, going to writing conferences, being able to go to different events, and networking. In order to do all of these things one must have money right? Well, let me take that back, you can network for free. I know that it may seem like you will never make it as a writer, but one day you will. When you do it will ALL seem worth it. There is no testimony without a TEST! Thanks for reading and keep writing those phenomenal stories!

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