You Don’t Have to Hate Your Job to be an Author. By Owen Zupp.

Owen Zupp - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 

How to become an author. 

 

On occasions, authors can see their writing as a means to ultimately escape the shackles of their nine-to-five drudgery. While this is a very worthwhile goal and undoubtedly a supreme motivator, it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, it is possible for the ‘real job’ to complement one’s non-fiction writing and I am one of those fortunate individuals.

As a boy, I dreamed of flying. It was a dream that became a reality and after flying professionally for more than thirty years, I still feel wonder as the earth falls away from the wheels. I have no intention of leaving my world above the clouds to write on a full-time basis, but writing still fills a pivotal, passionate role within my life.

Writing allows me the freedom to step outside the very technical world of aviation and its standard operating procedures. While I still write about aviation, I would rather describe the colours of a sunrise at 37,000 feet as those first rays break the horizon, than state that it occurs at 6:19am. And while aviation is a rich environment for creating content, many professions can offer a degree of synergy for authors.

So many hours are dedicated to a vocation, that a level of expertise is accumulated over time. It may be expertise directly associated with the task, or a skill set involving the management of time and/or people. Perhaps there is an element of operating outside of one’s comfort zone, or establishing a strategy to deal with making decisions. The list is seemingly limitless, but it is only when we sit down and clinically analyse what we actually do in our day-to-day that we truly appreciate its complexity.

This expertise can then be translated into content that can be directly complemented by the profession. It can open doors in terms of distributing content through industry journals, establishing a targeted audience from the outset and gaining exposure through related podcasts and speaking engagements. These are all marketing goals for any writer and sometimes they are already in place, just waiting to be executed. Furthermore, there may be access available that industry outsiders cannot attain. A full-time profession can also provide a level of fiscal stability and consequently a major weight can be lifted from the creative mind.

As with all things in life, there are no all-encompassing answers. For some authors, there is a genuine desire to break free and commit fully to the writer’s life and I respect this. However, it is also worth examining our life in closer detail as what we may deem mundane may actually be a source of significant writing content. Tap that well and always remember that you don’t have to hate your job to be an author.


  
 
Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://www.owenzupp.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=5920&PostID=721847&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Books

Purchase Owen's Books

Recent Posts

Tags

Pearl Harbor aircraft airbus A350 XWB best aviation blog Korean War P2902 most popular aviation blog buying an airplane aviation jobs airliner WW1 flying instructor Queenstown 9/11 Jabiru Aircraft R-DX writer's block australian aviation airshow 77 Squadron owen zupp WW2 Airbus A320 flying training www.owenzupp.com Sully warbird 50 More Tales of Flight pilot jobs Pilatus PC-21 author Airbus A380 comfort zone Australian Aviation magazine pilot suicide Australian Army pilot training flying speaker podcast choosing a flying school speaking Vietnam War airline Bush Pilot Kim Jong-un flight school how to become an author Solo Flight Australia. flying blog P-51 Mustang landing an airplane flying school learning to fly 737 writer 50 tales of flight aviation author QANTAS A380 RAF airbus aviation careers Dunkirk Down to Earth aviation blog flight training QANTAS student pilot aviation speaker aviation aeroplane blog flight careers in aviation Battle of Britain September 11th aerospace Ansett how to land an airplane aviation best seller safer flying turning forty airplane RAAF solo flight aviaton author cost of flying airliner missing aviator anzac day the pilot's blog buying an aeroplane solo flight australia Hurricane aviation book The Pilots Blog Phillip Zupp plane crash MH370 UAV aircraft accident Air France 447 planes Boeing Amazon Kindle Daily Deal how to land an aeroplane QANTAS Airbus A380 pilot Sully the Movie learn to fly Malaysia Airlines owen zupp author airlines RAAF PC-21 jabiru 787 Around Australia flight pilot blog ANZAC aeroplane pilot careers solo flight. australia aviation writer Without Precedent terrorism September 11 popular aviation blog The Practical Pilot aviation journalist aviation story

Archive

© Owen Zupp. All rights Reserved.                                             Admin . Privacy . Disclaimer                                            Website by Shot to Pieces . Powered by Blackroom