But there’s something that makes some people uncomfortable when I treat my non-paid writing as I would a paid job. When I say I am not available during such and such times because I have paid dearly for a sitter so I can finish this scene. When I hole up in a friend’s vacant house for a weekend to have 48 uninterrupted hours to straighten out a plot. In other words, when I treat writing like a “job,” even though it isn’t one yet, if by “job,” you expect a “paycheck.”
Amazing things happen when I treat writing like my job. I get things done. I have written (and yes, rewritten, 6 times or so) my first novel and I’m excitedly plotting a second. I would love to be considered legitimate by everyone’s standards, not just my own, but until then, excuse me, I’m late for work.