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Writing For A Living

“I’m taking what they giving ’cause I’m working for a livin’.”  Songwriters: BILL GIBSON, CHRISTOPHER JOHN HAYES, HUEY LEWIS, JOHN VICTOR COLLA, MARIO CIPOLLINA, SEAN THOMAS HOPPER

And here I was thinking that I would focus solely on my writing when inspiration hit like a thunderbolt! 

Dreaming Big Publication is a wonderful small publishing company that specializes in mental health. I have three books published with them. “More Than The Madness” are my memoirs which talk about my struggles with bipolar disorder. The book shows the complete me, that despite my mental illness that there is ‘more than the madness’. It is also a book that fights the stigmata associated with mental illness.

“Polishing The Fragments” is a book of poetry that looks into the shattered life that I live. It shows my struggles with mental illness and dealing with my wife’s dementia. “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent” completes the scene. This book has some of my best poetry and I am quite confident it will one day be a classic.

Dreaming Big Productions is as the name suggests a company with ambition. Kristi Morgan is the owner and reviews the material. The great thing about Dreaming Big is that they invest a lot into each book. Kristi has a large team to assist her made of employees and interns. They are very busy promoting books, by getting book reviews for Amazon and blogs. Some book companies publish a lot of books hoping that they make a little on each one. Dreaming Big hopes to score big with each book and publishes less.

But something went wrong on the way to Oz. Kristi was sick for a while only to find out it was cancer. After surgery Kristi needed rare radiation treatment that is only offered in three places. So off Kristi went to Seattle. I keep checking in on her and she said that she should be through with radiation treatment in the early part of April. I told her we needed to celebrate the achievement with some Facebook celebration and the idea was born.

Making quick calculations I thought that May 1, would be a good day. It would stand out in people’s minds. Then it hit me that May 1 is May Day or the day of the worker. Kristi is a very hard working person holding down a full time job and dabbling in the publishing business. So the celebration grew a little broader. I thought it would be an excellent thing for those in my writing circle to participate to try to promote both their careers and books.

Writing is at times a cruel and brutal occupation. One could be the greatest writer in the world and still fail. Emily Dickinson in fact wasn’t even widely published until after her death. So much of the business is marketing and with an estimated one million books coming out a year, that marketing is hard.

So I was about to throw my hands up in the air and say, forget the marketing let me just write. Then this event came together.

Writing is hard work and very time consuming. In fact a good writer is never off of the clock. Thoughts and ideas of our stories are always running through our minds. I am always making observations in life so when I depict characters I can have them copy the traits of real individuals.  Of course a good writer needs to be constantly reading as well.

In the end the overwhelming majority of writers will never achieve the dream of having their art support themselves let alone strike it rich. Still with an enthusiastic passion motivated by love we continue late into the night clicking away at the keyboard hoping for that day which we so much wish for.

So whether you are a reader or a writer I would like to invite you to ‘Writing For A Living’ on Facebook. I welcome all  suggestions. Even if you just have a poem or comment to share.

Writing For A Living

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). Writing For A Living. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2018, from


Last updated: 11 Mar 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Mar 2018
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