As a writer, I have found nothing more aggressively instructive in the best of ways than teaching creative writing to others.
Unless you’re wealthy by other means, a writer’s life requires a day job or a side hustle to make the pieces fit together. Not to get all cheesy, but teaching writing is really the best case scenario for a professional writer in terms of that ebb and flow. For the last several years, I’ve taught people of all ages how to find their own voices, write stronger stories, and edit their own work.
It keeps me sharp, well-read in all genres, creative, and always thinking about stories, more stories, then at least another one.
Part of staying laser-focused on my writing career is to not get distracted. Teaching keeps me in the zone. Plus, I literally could spend all day every day talking about writing. So . . .
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Day 25 – the best part about the way I’ve been able to structure my life is that everything I do serves the greater purpose of feeding my writing career. One of the biggies is teaching. While my weekdays are filled with writing, editing, critique groups, querying, and more, I spend my weekends teaching the craft of creative writing. Teaching has been the most instructive way for me to grow as a writer. I am always learning something new, inspired by the progress of the amazing kids in my writing groups, and in love with being a part of other people discovering their own voices. #writerslife #writersstudio #writersofinstagram #creativewriting #teacher