Q: Do you write a story on a computer or on paper first?

A few years back, I took a writing class with a journalist in Nashville named Gloria Ballard.  Most of the students, including me, brought notebooks and pens.  I believe only two students brought a laptop on which to compose. 

I remember her being genuinely shocked by this.  While she said she was encouraged by us all to start writing with pen and paper again, I was beside myself with envy.  I knew I could get a lot more writing done if I could exercise some self-control and write directly to the screen.

After that class, I started building up my “compose on computer” muscles.  At first, I had to turn off the WIFI and uninstall my video games (I’m a child).  Now, I do discovery writing on paper and write for publication on the computer.


If you are curious about discovery writing and just writing in general, please visit notnowimwriting.com where I talk all about the craft and business of writing. 

Q: On Instagram, you talk about your “day job”. Isn’t writing your full-time job?

Not yet, brother. Not. Yet.

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I actually have a real person day job at the moment. In fact, I normally have a real person day job, a part-time job, and several side hustles.

Why? Because I hate being bored, and I’m fascinated by business in general. I know that’s not a sexy answer, but I really like knowing what businesses work, how they work, and how much money one can make with service and product based business.

As previously mentioned, I have several side hustles going at all times.

Side hustle – a side job; not a con

Me. You may proceed

I have an actual business (Pilgrim Fowl Press), teaching side job (Skillshare and Udemy), and I have a few more that I’m not ready to mention as they are in the pasta phase aka the testing phase.

So, that’s the long answer. No, writing is my full-time job. It might never be, because I like to play around with businesses, projects, and side hustles. The goal, however, is to make writing and my publishing company the main source of my income.

Let’s see what happens, shall we?


If you are a tinkerer as well, like to experiment with business, or have given your friends and family project fatigue with all of the ideas you have, you would be perfect for this group I’m forming of like minded side hustlers and experimenters. Considering joining this new and not yet consistent newsletter for the MORETHANONEIDEA Club – http://eepurl.com/gYSCd9