Insecure Writer's Support Group: A Working Writer



It's already time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! As always, a big thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for all of the work he does. Visit his website to view the co-hosts for this month. You can also join us by visiting the IWSG website.

I'm going to dive right into the question for this month: When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

I've never heard of the term working writer, but simply put, it sounds like someone who has made their career and living from being a writer. They don't need a day job; writing is that for them. As a writer, it's the dream. I do not consider myself any of the three terms. A lot of people confuse aspiring writer with aspiring author. If you're writing already, then you're a writer. I was an aspiring author until I self-published. I may be an aspiring working writer. A day job is good and all, but it's certainly not my passion.

What are your thoughts?


  1. If actually making a comfortable living from writing is the definition of "working writer" then most everyone I visited today doesn't fit the bill -- despite being prolific authors. *sigh* I think "working writer" means that you work at least as much on your writing as you do your DDJ (dreaded day job) -- and sometimes more.

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  2. That's a lot of terms you covered there!

  3. I'll echo Alex on that! I love the progression to 'aspiring working writer.' Keep up the good work, whatever you want to call it.


    1. Sounds pretty spot on to me! By the way, congratulations on The Fractured Princess! The cover is refreshing. So excited for you!
      ♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller¨*•.♥

  4. I think it's working on writing and working toward some type of publication. And most of us need a day job to support ourselves. That's important too.

  5. Very low percentage of writers actually make their living by writing. Most combine the income they get from writing with the income from their other job(s). I thing anyone who ever made money by writing, even if it is just 15 bucks for a short story, could consider herself a working writer.

  6. I needed the day job for sure, and both of my careers were compelling so there wasn't much time or energy for writing outside of work. Now that I'm retired, I can finally write what I want for me. By Olga's definition, I'm 10 cents away ~ LOL! Have a successful October with your writing.

  7. Aspiring author and working writer do seem similar. One can work at their writing like a job, but perhaps that is something different if they do not intend to become an author (published).

  8. I consider myself a working writer. I work and I write, hence working writer. Wish I didn't have to do the day job ;)