The pilot episode and Companion Guide eBook are live
I’m starting by answering the questions I’m asked the most as an experienced professional writer: how you can make writing your job.
People ask me this when they’re out of work, when they’re under-employed or unhappily employed. They ask me when they imagine the working writer’s life is romantic and full of freedom.
Sleep in! Set your own hours! Be your own boss!
Spoiler alert: none of those are true.
Okay, maybe I set my own hours. But that means no sleeping in. And the client or project is always my boss. My co-workers have been fellow writers and creative marketers… and also cats and dogs. The gig changes. The mindset does not.
The podcast audio and video are one piece of this project. The other is the Companion Guide, the eBook that will further expound on the show topic, in more depth than a podcast episode can allow. The reason for this is two fold:
- I want to keep the episode fun and interview-dominant and,
- The books aren’t free.
It’s been an intense process to get this project up and running. I wouldn’t call it a harrowing climb though. I’ve had so much encouragement and support along the way and it’s always fun learning new skills. That said, I’m relieved to hit publish on everything and get this party started.
Non-writing friends will save you from the Cliffs of Insanity.
I invited (well, she eagerly volunteered) one my oldest friends, a non-writer (with the heart and soul of one tho) and pilot, Melody Blythe. Melody and I go way, way back. We grew up in the orchestra of one of the largest megachurches in America in the late 80s.
This meant we saw each other six days a week together and twice on Sunday. We spent our spring, summer, and winter breaks witnessing to what Baptists call “lost people” and telling them about Jesus. We spent evenings performing gospel concerts. Melody and I grew up musically privileged, spiritually trained (some would call it brainwashed), and relationally close.
When you grow up in a youth group of four-hundred, with fundamentalist teachings framing your ordinary teenage development, you develop a kind of kindred bond that carries long into adulthood. Melody and I got married at the same time, had children at the same time, left abusive marriages at about the same time, and reconstructed our lives still friends. She’s one of a few people who will always understand where I came from and why I’m “me.”
Melody is a pilot, a property appraiser and a mom to a special needs son. Her sense of memory more than doubles mine, as does her sunny “brush yourself off and try again” spirit. She’s good at math and strategy. Don’t miss her wisdom on pockets and swim lanes.
For fun, I’m including a few photos of those years down below. If you want to follow my work on religious trauma, you can do so on my website or on Instagram: @tialindstromwriter.
Resources to Make Writing Your Job
This episode includes several valuable resources I either used along the way or still use today in my working writer life.
The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard
The Business of Being a Writer, by Jane Friedman
Writer’s Digest Magazine
Michael Anderle of 20Booksto50k Talk on Indie Publishing on Amazon
My standing desk
The Companion Guide for this episode: Make Writing Your Job.
The interview was a lot of fun and incredibly spirit-bolstering. The marrow of how to make writing your job is in the eBook.
Growing up in a Baptist Mega Church
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