Don’t Quit Your Day Job! Or Should You? The Realities Of Money and Writing /@StephanieKeyes

I can so relate to this!

I am planning on writing full time once I retire (which is approaching quicker than I’d like to admit), and I’m having all the same angst about both – working full time now, and not working full time later.
Interesting thoughts for anyone who wants to do what they love.

All The Way YA

When I began my first novel, I had no intention of leaving my job. I loved Human Resources training. Not only did I enjoy helping people, but it was a role that couldn’t have suited me better. So, even as I worked on my first draft of The Star Child, I planned to continue working full-time, dedicating my weekends to writing and family.

So…I Might Have Changed My Mind

My discontent with trying to fit both working full-time and writing into my schedule kicked in after I had my second son–the one we affectionately refer to as Bam-Bam. With a generous maternity leave, I not only had time to spend with the new little guy, but also to self-publish The Star Child. It was a huge accomplishment–especially with a newborn. It also planted a seed:

What if I don’t go back to work?

It was a big decision. There were…

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Quit Your Day Job! Or Should You? The Realities Of Money and Writing /@StephanieKeyes

  1. Wow, Patty. One key to making it work is to have a plan–specific writing times. Other specific marketing times. And if your retirement doesn’t “fund” your writing habit, you need to have a plan for how the writing will bring in income.

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    • Hey Lisa! Right on point, as usual! In “On Writing,” Steven King speaks to this concept of specific writing times. I followed his wisdom, and began writing each morning and didn’t quit until around 2 each day. As a result, I completed a 750+ book, which was then whittled down to around 400+, leaving me a completely (okay, almost complete, sans editting!) done second book. It will be released next spring. The concept of having a plan makes me responsible as the CEO of my writing business, just as being responsible makes me the CEO of my coaching business, and of all the other jobs I’ve managed. The CEO in me is constantly alert to opportunities for attracting money to support what I love to do. Without that structure and mind frame, retired or not, I would just have a hobby. This way I have a hobby that actually supports me…. 🙂

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