I think you will really enjoy our interview today with working writer Thursday Bram. She’s definitely embraced the right attitude to be a freelancer. I appreciated her perspective on how to develop your own streams of income as a writer instead of relying on someone else. Very true! Plus, you’ll love her “cure” for writers block. 🙂 Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I started out writing for a magazine my mom operated while I was in high school — that was in Colorado. Since then, I’ve written in Oklahoma, Ireland, Maryland and quite a few places along the way. Have laptop, will travel!
What types of writing do you do?
Lately, the largest part of my freelance writing has been blogging, although I do write plenty of articles for other web publications as well as print. I’ve been known to do just about everything, though, from copy writing to ebooks.
What’s the best thing about writing?
I truly enjoy writing as a career. I’ve taken other jobs over the years, but — honestly — this is one of the most enjoyable things I can do in a day. I’m just happy I can make a living in the process.
Share some of your writing goals.
My long-term goals include expanding on my own websites and growing their readership. I’m a big believer that writers need to build income sources beyond simply writing for someone else. Books, websites and other publications offer the opportunity to bring in such income.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
I definitely do better writing in the morning, but I treat it as a job. I tend to start writing about 9 AM and keep at it until 4 or 5 PM.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
It’s hard to select just one book I’ve enjoyed above all others. As far as books on writing go, though, I think “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott stands out.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I first started writing as an income source in college, however, and never actually considered stopping.
My favorite fiction authors include Neal Stephenson and Joshilyn Jackson. For non-fiction authors, I’ve really been enjoying Seth Godin’s books lately.
Book you’re currently reading.
I tend to read multiple books at a time. Currently, I’m in the middle of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi and Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir by Sue William Silverman.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I write in 25 minute blocks. Between each block of time, I actually get out of my chair and move around. These breaks actually keep me on track better than sitting at my computer for hours on end.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
I’ve had the occasional case of writer’s block. Just leaving the computer and doing something different is usually enough to get me back on track. Baking cookies tends to work exceptionally well for eliminating my writer’s block.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
The measure of a successful writer is actually writing: there are plenty of people who would like to have written, but not nearly as many willing to put in the time. Money and successes will come in time if you actually sit down and write, preferably every day.
Advice for other writers?
Take yourself seriously: many writers are willing to accept less than minimum wage for their work. If you’re a decent writer, though, you can make more than minimum wage as a beginning writer. Don’t sell yourself short!
Where can we learn more about you?
I run a blog on my personal website, ThursdayBram.com, that covers the business side of freelance writing.