Indie Life: Your Day Job

They say write what you know.  Well, I write about a journalist who travels through time.  I know nothing about time travel.  I’ve never done it myself.  I don’t have any friends who’ve done it either.  It’s not something I can research because nobody’s done it, and all the credible scientific sources are purely hypothetical and mostly agree time travel is impossible.  But journalism?  I know something about that.  That’s my day job.


This is my first blog post for “Indie Life,” a blog hop sponsored by Indelibles.  Like most “indie writers,” I have a day job.  Admittedly, it’s a pretty cool day job.  I work for a local TV station as a video editor, and on occasion they let me write science related stories for the news.  But my passion is science fiction, and by TV job–cool as it is–is just a day job.  Yet with Tomorrow News Network, I turned my day job into an asset for my life as a writer.

Much of Tomorrow News Network is based on my own experiences in the news business.  Talie Tappler, the main character in the series, is based on two of the best reporters I’ve worked with.  Everything else is loosely based on science.  Very loosely.  Except the story I wrote about Roswell.  That’s 100% true.

They say write what you know, but I disagree.  I say start with what you know then add whatever made-up, crazy $%*& you want.  Maybe you’re an accountant; write about being an accountant for the mob.  Maybe you’re a nurse; try writing about a hospital run by sorcerers.  Maybe you’re a janitor; write about being a janitor during the zombie apocalypse.  You might write a really cool story.  At the very least, my fellow indie writer, you may discover your day job is more interesting than you thought.

15 thoughts on “Indie Life: Your Day Job

  1. Hello from a fellow indie! I studied journalism at Mizzou and worked for a bit at Reuters and various newspapers before going freelance. Now my day job is a travel blogger for Gadling and military history author for Osprey Publishing. Journalism is great preparation for writing a novel because it proves the essential nonexistence of writers block.

  2. I think a lot of people want to write something “different” so they get as far away from themselves as possible to get away from the normal–while forgetting that their normal is different from my normal. I think it’s great to take something like your experience in your day job and use it as a starting point for a novel because it gives more of a genuine “you” perspective in your work. I talk about this a lot with my friends who want to write stories but think they have nothing to say.

  3. We all know about people–that’s where you start. Your readers are all going to want reasonable relationships and logical actions from your characters–everything else can be learned. So write what you know (write about people) and let the rest fall.


  4. Love it! I write the things I want to know, and make up the rest. And your day job DOES sound cool. I loved all my day jobs, when I had them (designing engines, studying global warming). Now I’m a mom, which is a day job I won’t ever give up! But I love writing more than any other paid work I’ve ever had.

    Best of luck with your Future News story!

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