Hello Insecure Writing friends (and wonderful readers),
Does anyone else feel like they’re on a sadistic merry-go-round?
Mine looks like this…
1. I get a writing-related job to support my dream of being a full-time author
2. The writing-related job minimizes any chance of my dream coming true, because it consumes all my time, energy, and creativity
3. I leave the job to focus on being a full-time author
4. Circumstances or need result in my taking on a different writing-related role
5. Rinse and repeat
If the Dan Brown Project taught me anything, it’s that I really enjoy being a full-time author. That may seem obvious, but when I’d attempted full-time authorship before, the lack of social contact was a struggle for me. I got lonely; I got sad; I felt like there were no tangible results of my work — yes, I was writing and publishing books, but if no one read them or cared (that’s what I believed back then) — what was the point?
This time was different, and one month was definitely not long enough. But once you’re reliant on another form of income, it’s not easy to simply walk away, especially in these ultra-uncertain times.
Being a full-time author is not an unattainable dream. I know too many of them to believe their lives are a fantasy created by writers who just want to sell us expensive courses. I do waffle on which way is best to get to the top of that mountain. Indie publishing? Trad publishing? Trad with an agent? Hybrid?
Whichever way you go, one thing is certain: it takes time. A lot of time. And energy. And creativity. All of which a writing-related job insidiously steals from you.
Any advice for me? How did you make your full-time writing dreams come true? (Retirement funds won’t help me much at this point, I’m afraid.) Or, if you’re in the same leaky Viking ship, how do you protect your writing time/energy/creativity?
One more question: I’m hoping to finally offer some of my own writing, public relations and/or marketing courses soon. Which topic(s) would most interest you?
PS: Speaking of spinning in circles, I’ve fallen behind in blog comments again (September was brutal), but will catch up this month. Thanks for your patience.
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