Crossing the Ocean: are you ready to write full time?

From Writer’s Digest: 10 Questions Writers Must Answer Before Quitting Their Day Job

1. DO I REALLY NEED TO WRITE FULL TIME TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

2. DO I REALLY WANT TO WRITE FULL TIME?

3. DO I HAVE A SENSIBLE FINANCIAL PLAN AND ADEQUATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES?

4. AM I PREPARED FOR THE LONG GAME?

5. CAN I FIND AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE?

6. AM I CUT OUT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?

7. WHAT’S MY PLAN FOR HUMAN INTERACTION?

8. DO I HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY?

9. ARE MY FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS SUPPORTIVE?

10. WHAT’S MY PLAN B?

Q:What do you think? Which would be the hardest and/or easiest for you?

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12 thoughts on “Crossing the Ocean: are you ready to write full time?

  1. I came across a similar list about a year ago and out of ten questions I could only answer about 4 of them truthfully. Now…I can say that #3 would be the hardest. However I am curently perfecting the art of short story writing so #3 may evaporate, or explode! YAY!

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    1. The list is from Writer’s Digest and I think it is a few years old, so it may in fact be the same one!

      #3 is really difficult if you don’t have a spouse or partner or other financial resources to help support you.

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  2. I think another good one would be “What else does my future hold?” You may be primed to write full time now, but what about when you move, or when the kids are born and take up all your time?

    Me then: “I’l be staying home with the babies while my husband works, so I’ll plenty of time to write! All they do is sleep, it will be great!”

    Me now(two years later): “Stop fighting! Mommy has to write!” “No yelling, Mommy has to finish this chapter!” “We are not watching Nemo again! Mommy has to concentrate!”

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  3. A full time writer answering:

    1. Not really, but it helps to write books faster.
    2. Oh, yes, I do!
    3. My husband works full time and is very supportive of my dreams. Though, yes, we have talked about “if” it doesn’t work, what I’ll do in the end … as a very modern man, he doesn’t want to be the only one bringing money into the family (and I’m very happy with that).
    4. I try to be. Sometimes, the wait and the time it takes to a write a book can be daunting, but I try to keep focused.
    5. My husband’s.
    6. Again, something I’ll try to be. As they say, we can be anything we want as long as we focus and study and research and whatever else is needed.
    7. Family, go out for dinner with family and friends, gym, visit friends during holidays, and more of course. Also thinking about joining the local RWA chapter or other writer group that actually meets somewhere once a month or every two weeks.
    8. That’s the hardest, but I’m doing better. On my best days I can get 8k words per day. The problem is when is time to revise/edit. Since that’s not my preferred part, I tend to procrastinate—but just a little.
    9. Totally. Though my husband says he’s jealous of my laptop and my books lol
    10. Time management. Because I’m at home all day, there’s always something to do. Cleaning, organizing, a sock that needs sewing, a toy that needs new batteries, cooking, laundry … My husband helps me with this and actually tells me to act like I’m not home during “work hours” so I’ll focus only on writing … but that’s not as easy as it sounds. I’m getting better at this though.

    There. That’s just me, of course.

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    1. Ops, forgot “10. WHAT’S MY PLAN B?”
      Go back to work, with design (my B.A.) or something like that, and write on my free time.
      I know having a plan B is important, but I honestly try not to think too much about this because it depresses me. I love writing and I can’t NOT write. This is what I want to do until the day I die.

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