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About Welcome to the Writer's Life

How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice

Start good habits

Start good habits

You’ll learn how to make reading and writing a part of your daily life, so you can build a foundation for your own writing education day-by-day.

Finish your projects

Finish your projects

Push your ideas out of your mind and onto paper, through drafts and into the hands of other people, from a messy start to a finished product.

Make a writer's life

Make a writer's life

Plan the career and lifestyle you want around your love of writing, with your writer’s hustle and your writing community.

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Being a writer doesn’t have to be a dream you watch other people living.

Getting over your doubt is the first step, and we’ll talk about how to pack your doubt along with you as you start to form your life around the habit of writing to improve your skills.

Learn the real way writing works

If you’re not a part of a writing community, you might think writers are born, not made. In this book, you’ll see how working writers are making it through the rejection, keeping their bills paid, and making it all work.

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“Paulette Perhach is a teacher you can trust. She knows the creative writing process from hard work and constant practice, and everything she says about it rings true. Funny and wise, filled with examples of the joys and sweet agonies of the creative process, Welcome to the Writer's Life is a book both veterans and beginners will enjoy.”

Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage, winner of the National Book Award

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Chapter 1: How to Start

What you need to know to move on from wanting to be a writer to working to be a writer.

Chapter 2: Your Writing Practice

Writers have to write. Making a plan for getting work started is the first step toward finishing.

Chapter 3: Your Reading Practice

Reading is the other half of writing, the second-best way to improve. Here’s how to commit.

Chapter 4: Your Writing Craft

Learn from thousands of years of knowledge in the art of storytelling.

Chapter 5: Your Writing Business

If you ever want to get paid to be a writer, you have to treat it like any other business.

Chapter 6: Your Writing Life

Making the process a part of your daily life is the best way to become a person who has writing they’re proud to share.

Read. Write. Create.

Making the process a part of your daily life is the best way to become a person who has writing they’re proud to share.

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About the Author

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York TimesELLE, Slate, CosmopolitanMarie ClaireStylist UK, and Salon. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. Hugo House, a nationally recognized writing center in Seattle, awarded her the Made at Hugo House fellowship in 2013. She was recently nominated for the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “Fuck Off Fund,” which is forthcoming in the anthology Freshman Year of Life from Flatiron Books.

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