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.au/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=5920&PostID=721847&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Books

Purchase Owen's Books

Recent Posts

Tags

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

Archive

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