Writing When Your Day Job Is Also Writing


The Believer‘s blog has a really splendid interview with writer, editor, and UN employee Summer Brennan.

Brennan talks to Nicolle Elizabeth about what it’s like to write non-creatively for a living, and then come home to write some more but on your own terms. One of many excellent quotes:

The more writing I have to do for work, the better I am in the creative field. And I not only have better ideas, but I also finish things, and that’s what counts….since I was coming out of this crazy UN time, I knew I was technically capable of writing five-thousand words of clean copy every day. So that’s what I did…

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →