I have been struggling with something since I started on my serious writing and blogging journey. That is whether I should make the decision to become a fulltime writer or stick to the nine to five. It is something that has been weighing me down and has had me confused this whole time. Let’s face it, one in a million books hit it big and how can you be sure that your book will be that one. It is every writers dream to be a full time writer and to make this passion turn into sweet, sweet cash but it doesn’t always work that way.
I have been thinking about this a lot because I am in my fifth year of law and finance, I do not have long to go before I finish and I do not know what I am going to do. I don’t want to work in law if past experience has taught me anything. I think I would just die, if I had to subject myself to that. Nevertheless, I bet a few years from now I will be sitting in a law firm as a lawyer hating life anyway. I hope that if I do end up somewhere it will be somewhere in finance. At the moment, it is career season at my university and I have been invited to career expos and can officially apply for graduate programs, as well as summer clerkships for both law and finance. You know what, I have been procrastinating so much that I have probably missed many deadlines for application because I don’t want to go there. I want to write.
I am looking at all this merchandise from the career fairs and I am reviewing what these firms have to offer and I am like NO. So, what to do, what to do? Is it okay to write and have a day job? Is it the done thing? I just want to scream.
I have made a list of positives and negatives in terms of writing full time:
- You have more time to write, meaning quicker turnover.
- The story stays in your head and has a consistent flow because it was written in a short space of time.
- You have more time to market your book and create an author platform.
- If you have to travel for expos or book signings you can just go and take no leave.
- You have more time for your family and friends.
- Having free time to write, doesn’t necessarily mean you will actually spend that time writing as something always comes in to fill up your time.
- Working a nine to five gives you structure and a can assist in generating a habit to write everyday.
- Working fulltime or part time gives you financial stability, which most fulltime writers do not have.
- It is a social outlet and stops you from becoming a hermit.
- Can inspire you and make your writing all the more pleasurable when you get to do it.
“The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer,”
- Oscar Wilde
The point is, I feel that if I make it my little ritual then I will succeed. I want to do this, I want to write and no one can tell me I can’t. I hope that if you are feeling the same type of uncertainty in your life that this helps you. You can do both, all you need to do is have determination and a goal. Do not waver, you can do it!