At a recent marketing seminar a professional blogger extolled the fact she made nearly $100,000 last year writing at home and never had to get out of her slippers and pajamas. Or put on make-up, take a shower or interact with another human being. She also put on 50 pounds.
But hey, she made a ton of money!
As a writer, working at home sounds like a great perk. Unless you’re extremely disciplined, which I confess I am not, working at home is nearly impossible. Distractions are everywhere. I’ll write a few sentences, then check my email, see what’s going on in the news, read other author’s blogs, check out social media sites and discussion boards and before I know it, six hours has gone by and I’ve accomplished nothing.
If you are one of the fortunate, dedicated and disciplined writers who are able to work at home, I applaud you. For the rest of us who need a more structured environment and a need to have a reason to get up, get dressed and get OUT of the house, and not pay huge rental fees there is a solution.
The Virtual Office.
For a fraction of what it would cost to rent an office space full time, I found a place where I only pay for the time I’m actually in my office. It can be one or two days a week or a few hours every day, whatever fits my schedule.
I also have a receptionist who personally answers my phone calls, greets my appointments and takes messages. My office has a conference room if I need to schedule a staff meeting, and the best part, I have total peace and quiet with no distractions.
Writing is a profession. Professionals wake up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and go to work.
Can you be a professional sitting alone at home in pajamas and slippers? Of course you can. Obviously it works for the blogger and I’m certain many other writers in our community as well.
I’d rather shop for clothes and shoes and have an office to go to work.
If you watched the season finale of Once Upon a Time, the show is ALL ABOUT THE WRITER/AUTHOR… Yes, us struggling writers are FINALLY the “heroes”, only this guy is so NOT. (I’m sure the actual writers of the show LOVE this, and the fact that Isaac, the writer is Jewish,, as am I and also the writer of OUAT, is equally an inside joke)
Now, he’s how MY life imitates art… or there is a SPY in my house taking notes…
In the opening of the episode the writer is asked to choose from several pens to decide if he’s THE author…Here is a pix of one of the pens that was on the desk in the show AND the exact pewter pen that is on my desk that I used to sign my books with!
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the “magic” pen, so now I know why my books didn’t make the best seller list, I CHOSE THE WRONG DAMN PEN!!
I can’t write with quill and ink anyway!
“ I have to warn you about this book. Once you pick it up a start reading it is almost impossible to put down and it will keep you up reading way past your bedtime. I have to use the classic phrase: it is a page turner. The plot and characters are very unique in many ways and very comfortable in others. I won’t spoil it for you so I will not talk about the story which features two very unlikely romantic lead characters. One is a retired lawyer from the NY City DA’s office want-to-be author and the other a rural postmaster living the life he totally loves.
Raven West has the amazing ability to create love stories that involve conflict, mystery and suspense. She brings her characters to life and they are very much alive. The relationships are always very romantic but remain on the excellent side of good taste. The geographic locations and scenes come to life as the action unfolds and provide a vivid stage for the story to unfold. There is suspense and drama set in New York City and up-state New York small towns”. – CITIZENS JOURNAL – Reviewed by David Stewart