Occupation Writer

When asked for my occupation I’ll sometimes add another one to it. I’ll answer that I’m a homemaker and a writer.

In last week’s post I shared with you that, as a homemaker, I take pride in my role and I really appreciate it whenever a bank clerk, or any other employee who is asking me about my job, accepts my answer without any further comment.

Can you guess how different people’s reaction is towards a writer? Can you imagine the comments they are making? Writers, whether published or not, know what I’m talking about. People are usually thrilled and find it very interesting, a quite exciting job to have. Strangly, nobody has ever asked me the same question they ask after I’ll answer homemaker as for my occupation…

Have you ever thought about taking a job to earn a little extra income?

Unless a writer is famous or has written a bestseller, she will not make a fortune but hardly enough to make a living.

On the other side, there are two major advantages this job has:

  • Flexible hours
  • Free choice of workplace
  • I really enjoy working from home and also love the flexibility that comes along with it. However, I’m trying hard to give my best each week to stick to a tight schedule. If I don’t, I usually end up not writing a lot or not finishing in time 😦 Writing during the early hours of the day is perfect for me (even though I’m not really a morning person). If I’ll get right to it, I’m usually finished. by lunchtime.
  • I love the idea of having the freedom to write wherever inspiration hits: at the beach, in a boat on a lake, sitting on the sofa, etc. I don’t take my laptop along everywhere I go but usually have some lightweight, small tools like paper and pencil and/or a digital audio recorder with me. I also keep a small notebook and pen handy in my kitchen. You wouldn’t believe how many times ideas come to my mind whenever I’m washing the dishes. If I don’t jot them down right away they are gone later on.
  • How about you? Are you a writer, perhaps even a published one? Which hours of the day do you find best for your writing? Do you type on your computer or do you handwrite some of your thoughts, too?


    New Content

    I recently started another blog called CarmenInIrelandIt’s not so much about Christianity or homemaking but about life in Ireland. If you would like to read some of my posts over there, please either click on the link above or one of the links provided under Posts at: Carmen in Ireland found on the sidebar.

    As for the new content here, a few things changed at AbleToPerform. I’ve added two more pages: About – AbleToPerform and About – Carmen/Mirjamthe Contact page is back and so are some of the sharing buttons. I’ve added a Privacy Notice as well.

    Yes, last week I have gone a bit overboard. I’m truly sorry about that. That’s why I would like to ask my readers to read last week’s post Privacy Issues and Content (again). I updated it on the 20th of September. Thank you!

    Last but not least I would like to welcome all of you who signed up throughout this week. Thanks to you the followers count has passed the 100 mark. That’s so amazing. And I’ll need to add a “Thank you” to my faithful readers here, too. Thank you for following my blog, for your understanding and your patience.

    Remember that, What God has promised, He is able to do. Blessings from Ireland!


    Bible Study and Devotional Writing

    Do you read your Bible every day? Do you keep a devotional journal? Are you making notes while reading along or do you jot down your thoughts later on in the day?

    Part of my study this morning has been on Bible reading and using the Bible as an inspiration for my writing. I’m not using a textbook for that but an outline of a course I had come across years ago. I had found this twelve weeks class on devotional writing on the internet. It contains one lesson and one writing assignment per week.

    The method the teacher recommends is called Inductive Study*. It’s none of these read or study within minutes kind of methods. It takes time and effort but it is still simple enough so that you will succeed. What you do is, you read the text and then let the text shape your thoughts and opinions. So instead of starting with an idea of what the text is all about, you will read the text first and then come to a conclusion of what it says.

    1. You observe: What does the Bible say? (Read without reading anything into it)
    2. You interpret: What does it mean? (Word study)
    3. You ask and then apply: What does it mean for my life? How can I apply to my life what I have just read?
  • If you are using this way to study God’s Word and to collect information about Bible passages you will soon discover that your devotional journal will begin to change. The entries become more in-depth and you will want to come back to them again and again to get ideas for your writing.
  • To find your way around your notes you will need to come up with some sort of a “filing” system. The teacher of that course suggests to number the journal pages first and then to create an index page. Even though I follow his advice to write the journal by hand I created the index page on my computer (that way, if need be, I can sort it by date or alphabetically, or by year/page number of the journal) He suggests similar ones to fill in but these are the titles for the five vertical columns I have come up with: Date / Scripture / Title / Keywords / Idea / Page — you might want to focus on other things (plot, character/s, setting for example) so adjust them accordingly.
  • After you have written into your journal, make a note of your entry on the index page, fill in:
    1. the date (best to use numbers only because you can sort them later on if you are looking for an entry of a specific day)
      the Scripture reference
      a title (keep it short and to the point)
      idea/s that came to mind while reading your Bible or while writing into your journal
      page number/s (I fill more than one journal a year so I write down the year, then the number of the journal, then the page number — like this: 2018/3/56 meaning the entry is found on page 56 of the 3rd journal of 2018.

    The teacher suggests to use composition books as journals. I’m using ruled A5 copy (exercise) books. I find them light and easy to carry along. They are the perfect size to match my Bible, too. When they are full I’ll store them in a cardboard box.

    *A book this teacher recommened for further reading is: How To Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur which is helpful to get a good idea about this method.