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  1. akasazi tyr

    Margret Atwood’s number 7 out of 10 rule for writing.
    7) You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality.
    This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you’re on your own. –
    Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.

  2. wait, so you’re saying i shouldn’t have just put my life savings into turning my dining room into a basketball court?

    you’re being slightly dishonest here, because you failed to mention your lucrative gig playing roller derby.

    • True, I forgot to mention I get paid in bruises and torn ligaments. Talk about residuals!

      Your dining room basketball court still has me speechless. It deserves its own episode of Cribs.

  3. Easily one of the best articles, if not the best, I’ve read on ‘how to actually be a writer and survive’.

    Thanks for sharing this Pamie!

  4. CJ

    Wonderful, I have so much respect for writers. I love books, movies,& TV and none of these things would exist without writers. It can be such an isolating job so I’m glad the internet & other writers exist so you don’t all go mad.
    I’ve read your book GIC twice now so hopefully the repeat reads make it slightly more bearable.
    I’m making my husband read this so I can convince him to send out his work to someone who is not me. :)
    Keep up your juggling because the output that we get is awesome. And it’s all about us right?!

  5. Whoa – this is all such awesome advice and perspective for any creative freelancers. You should sell this to colleges to add to their lesson plans for film school and creating writing majors. And also as a handout to give to parents when you don’t have the energy to explain it all.

  6. Susie

    Brilliant. And I would totally watch Top Writer. In fact, I bet I would watch Top Writer marathons to avoid my own writing.

  7. Sara

    What’s all this rich uncle talk? I happen to have a rich uncle, and it hasn’t done shit for me yet. Am I doing something wrong?

  8. Brilliant post. I love how you demystify the TV writing process while acknowledging that it is still all rather mystifying even when you’re in the middle of it. But am I crazy that even with the uncertainty and all the “no”s, that it still sounds kinda like fun?

    Anyway, I’m really pulling for Why Moms Are Weird to get the go-ahead, and I can’t wait to read the new novel. I promise to take at least four hours over it.

  9. Fantastic stuff. And virtually all of it also applies to my career in literary translation. It is indeed, a scary roller coaster on a daily basis. But I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I do, and I love it, even when I hate it.

  10. “You can’t be a writer without all the writing. If you’re a writer who isn’t writing, you’re just a breather.”

    I’ll keep that in mind when I put off writing for ‘researching’ and coming up with ideas. Thanks for this article! One of the best and practical tips for writers.

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