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Working From Home

Filed under: Musings on Being a Writer — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Working from home isn’t as difficult this time around. My writing hits in spurts and I can get a lot done in a short amount of time. When I was a real estate agent, working from home was a nightmare. I would do anything to avoid having to cold call. I guess it’s easier when I actually like what I do for a living. I always felt some guilt when I was cold calling. I didn’t want to receive the kind of calls that I was dishing out, and I felt icky about it.

When I’m not writing, I browse the Internet, crochet and exercise. I have to be careful. I know that I can work hard enough to suck all the creativity out of myself for months. I need to work as much as I can when the words are flowing, but I also need to remember to leave things alone when they’re not. Treating myself gently is the only way to keep the writing flowing easily.

Of course, having so many different subjects to write about helps, also. I have Starling Fitness, The Quotations Weblog, and The Gadgets Page to prompt my writing. We also just launched Starling Travel, so I can write about my past travels and any restaurants I visit during the week. The specialized weblogs are actually much easier to write for than Pick Me! Since I can write about anything here, it’s actually harder to think about what to write. Logic says it would be easier to write, but it’s not. I guess human life doesn’t conform to my Vulcan Philosophy.

Mike keeps asking me when I’m going to go crazy and start moving around the furniture. I don’t think it will happen this time. Sure, furniture may be moved, but I don’t think I’ll lose it like I did last time I was self employed. For months, I was working full time AND writing full time. Now that my only responsibility is the writing, I feel relaxed and happy. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.



  1. When I read this entry I immediatly thought of the quote from Daria “Sometimes boundaries paradoxically free our minds”. So, I did a search to find the exact text. I was pleasently surprised to see that the 8th item returned was from your blog (a post last year). I enjoy reading your blogs and knowing you can quote Daria just makes it that much better for me :)

    Comment by earme — 1/12/2006 @ 9:30 am

  2. Hi again Laura. When I read what you wrote about creativity it reminded me of a great book I read a few years ago called “Orbiting the Giant Hairball”. It’s by a guy named Gordon Mackenzie who spent his entire career working for Hallmark. He had a lot to say about how our creativity can get so easily crushed if not nurtured right. If you’re not familiar with the book you can read more at http://www.theocentric.com/theoarchives/000352.html

    I’m finding it interesting that the only two times I’ve written to you I’ve suggested books I’ve loved. I have a feeling that something in my “genius” (that I’m trying to figure out and articulate) has to do with stories or “turning up the lights” so to speak. The genius book is written by a guy named Dick Richards (there I go again!)

    Anyway, keep up the great blog. It’s very fun to read. -Monica

    Comment by Monica — 1/19/2006 @ 11:22 am

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