Problems That Come With Writing Alongside a Full-Time Job (And How to Solve Them)

Anangsha Alammyan
The Startup
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5 min readMay 7, 2023


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“Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?”

This has to be the most dreaded interview question ever. After all, if I had said I wanted to be a writer while applying for a Ph.D. at an IIT, I don’t think they’d have accepted me.

But that’s who I wanted to be.

Even while working as a civil engineer, I found time to write on the side — books, Quora, and Medium.

Though I loved writing, doing it alongside a full-time job wasn’t easy. I felt overwhelmed and drained all the time. It was the beginning of the problems that came with part-time writing along with a full-time job.

After months of failed attempts, I finally cracked how to write efficiently while working full-time, and I have created this guide for you to fast-track your success.

This post is a compilation of all the problems a person writing alongside their full-time job might face, and how to overcome them.

24 hours are not enough!

It was my recurring thought that the day is not long enough. Certainly, I was burning the candle at both ends, but it never seemed sufficient.