I wrote a 20,000 word story during lockdown while working 9–5

Eight weeks. 20,000 words. 20% pay cut. Wishing I had something that couldn’t be taken away from me.

This advice is for the 9-5ers out there who want to make something happen, but don’t have the time.

Receiving the news that I would get a 20% pay cut during lockdown was honestly alright, compared to other people’s job loss stories. But I had to work extra hard during most of those eight weeks to meet competing deadlines, while facing mounting stress and experiencing burn-out at the end of the day.