I’m really excited to share my interview with the lovely, Karine Tovmassian on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Plannerverse podcast!!! Podcast Link

Questions or comments, please leave below!

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Writing

At one point in time, I contemplated getting a degree in Creative Writing. I’ve had the dream of being a writer since I was four years old, and now that I’m “grown up” I figured I’d look back and see what I would have had to put myself through for this degree.

It is assumed if you get a degree in creative writing that you will spend your days penning the Great American Novel or teaching (2). You are not necessarily boxed in with these two careers, there are other career options out there: advertising, technical writing, ghost writing, family history writer (3, 4). [Link number 5 has a list of 20 careers a Creative Writing major could pursue.] The beauty of this degree program is that you are not limited to any industry in particular.

So what does it take to be a Creative Writer?

Being self-driven and have the initiative to pursue projects on your own is a great start. It isn’t very often paid writing opportunities fall in your lap, especially if you are a freelance writer. Also, being prepared to do a lot of freelance work and sponsored posts you may not completely agree with in order to earn money, get experience, and build your resume. Having a blog, maintaining a posting schedule, and providing relevant content has worked in the favor of some.

Two websites give some realistic advice on what may be like pursuing a Creative Writing Career. “The writer has to stumble through a number of odd-jobs to figure out how much they…need [in terms of] stability vs. flexibility” (2). Stability vs. flexibility could vary from work load to income to paid work vs. personal projects. Link number4 is an answer thread where one of the commenters made a good point about what life may be like for Creative Writers. You have three options: support self via writing; writing is your side hustle while working a bill-paying job; or move where artists are government subsidized. Supporting yourself with your writing is a long and difficult path. Unfortunately, it’s not one most have the luxury of sitting around writing all day. Most creative writers live by option 2: they have an outside job that pays the bills, and writing become either a hobby or side hustle. The third option is one that I feel is radical and may not pay off in the long run. Not many countries subsidize artists. The link has more information on this though. So if this is a change you’re willing to make, please do your research before making a hasty decision.

2014 wage estimate: $28.30 per hour / $58,850 annual income

I did a quick informal interview with someone who pursued a creative writing degree. Here is what she had to say:

Michelle J. Interview:

  1. Why did you choose Creative Writing as a major?

I love writing and plan to eventually be a published author so I thought this would be a helpful and enjoyable BA.

  1. What was your intention with this degree?

To get a BA so I could get my Masters.

  1. Did you research career options and earning potential?

Eventually, but since it was a means to an end, not originally.

  1. Were either in the previous question a factor in your decision?

Yes, it was a BA I would enjoy while checking the bachelors box on the path to masters.

  1. Have you achieved, on any level, what you intended to achieve with this degree?

Yep.

  1. Is there anything you’d like to say to someone considering getting a creative writing degree?

Do it because you love it, not for money, and maybe double major in something more marketable.

  1. Would you go back and pursue something else, knowing what you know now?

No, but I might focus more.

© Cori Large February 9, 2016

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Featured on another blog!!!

Good morning everyone!

I’m sorry I’m so late getting this week’s post out. I’m still editing the post I have for this week, so I’m going to have to push it to Monday or Tuesday.

However, I am very please to show you that I was featured on another blog: Life as a Fleek.

Cara interviewed me and has allowed me to share the piece here.

Just in case the link doesn’t work, here’s the post:

Friday Fleeker Feature!!

Hello Fleekers!I am so glad to introduce a new friend on my Friday Feature!  This is Cori from http://talesfromapolkcountygirl.com

She has some great ideas on planners and home  management.  I’ve poked around her cite a bit and it was very informative!  Go check it out!

1. What kind of planner do you use?
I am currently experimenting with bullet journaling, and have been using it for exactly one week. So far I’m enjoying it. This will be my third journal go ’round this year (I know!). I started 2015 with a Franklin Covey Sierra ring bound planner with Blooms vertical column inserts. It was beautiful, but the one thing I really wanted was the ability to bend my planner back like a spiral notebook. I then moved to creating my own inserts and putting them in Mead Flex binder, which I was really enjoying using except for the size. The Flex binder is a full size binder and doesn’t fit in my purse.
2. Have you always used planners and what got you using them?
My first memory of having a planner was first grade when my mom gave me her old one and I wrote “I ❤ JTT” all over it! (JTT = Jonathan Taylor Thomas for those who weren’t a part of that craze.) The private school I went to encouraged us to have Assignment books to write our homework in. These were very simple “planner” of the undated variety. In middle school, we were no longer required to use them, but I still asked my mom to get me one. In high school, I graduated to a simple At A Glance planner from Walmart. I used these throughout high school and most of college. When I got a full time job, I decided I needed to upgrade to something more professional. With the go big or go home mindset, I got a Desk size DayTimer Avalon, 7 ring. I used it for about a year, but those 7 rings were a hindrance. Also the size was a mistake. So I downsized to a Franklin Covey Sierra Classic size (5.5×8.5). LOVED IT! Until my desire for being able to bend it back like a spiral notebook became to great.
3. Do you use accessories for your planner? If so what do you use?
Yes, I do use accessories, stickers and washi tape mainly. I like using them in the diary section and write around them. I do use different color pens, but I don’t consider that an accessory. The pens I use are Sharpie No Bleed pens.
4. Would you be willing to try out other planners or are you satisfied with your planner?  How often do you change planners?
Ha Ha I believe my first two answers will answer this question. I’m really enjoying the bullet journal process right now, especially since my set up is a bullet journal/diary combo. I plan on carrying this on. Wish me luck! I am getting tired of hoping around. The quest to find Planner Peace is a long one with a lot of trial and error.
5. How do you organize your planner?  In other words would you be willing to explain your system?
I’m going to answer this question with how I’ve set up my bullet journal. I started it as an experiment so it is in my current diary. (Also, I don’t care for graph paper, so my bullet journal is one lined paper.)
1. Monthly chart: mine spans two pages, and the extra space is where I write upcoming events in the next month and reminders for month (like buying birthday presents).
2. Weekly slips: I bought one of those magnetic calendars with the tear off sheets at Walmart. It is The Big Bang Theory themed. These are glued in and double as decoration.
3. Daily charts: I created these little charts where I can check off daily things like exercising. These are also glued in.
4. After the calendars, come my categorized To Do lists: Personal, Crafts by Cori (side business), Writing/Blog, YouTube Channel, House list. Each list is assigned 1-2 pages.
5. After all of these, are my diary pages. And since I do one month at a time, I’m not limited on how many diary pages I need.
Because this set up was started in the middle of a diary, it will change when I start a new diary. I’m thinking about putting the To Do lists at the very beginning and giving them about 5-6 pages each to last the entire length of usage. I’m halfway through my current diary, so I have some time to thing about this.
6. Any advice on using planners or finding the right one?
Take a few minutes and write out what you’re really looking for in a planner. What are you going to organize? How to you want to organize? Are there any format functions that the planner MUST have (zipper closure, multiple pen loops, ability to add and take stuff out at will, bend back like a spiral)? How much are you will to spend? Are you happy to spend money on what’s already out there or is nothing speaking to you and you need to make up your own combination.
~Cori
Thank you Cori for joining us today!
If you would like to be featured please email me at lifeofafleek@yahoo.com
Happy Fleeking!

And thank you, Cara, for allowing me to share!