This is the question on any writer’s mind, at least most of the ones that I know. We all want to be able to write full time because, hey, it’s a full time job. Oftentimes, others do not understand how hard it is to be a successful writer while balancing another job…or two jobs. I want to know if it is possible…and if so, how? How do you transition into a job that can be so unsure at first?
I am a teacher. I also work part-time as a bookseller. On top of this, I am a writer. Out of my whole day, I probably spend about 90% of it working in some way or another. I don’t usually think of my writing as “working,” but for all intents and purposes, it is, at the end of the day, applied to my writing career. That leaves me 10% of my waking day to my own personal life. So, of course, I’d love it if I could replace my teaching and part-time job with writing full time.
I explained to my husband that even if I was to start full-time, I probably wouldn’t see profit for a good year or so. Everything runs so slowly in the publishing world. Nothing is quick. Paychecks won’t be bi-weekly. They’ll be quarterly…if that. It makes it seem so impossible…so far away. A goal that will always be out of reach. Not impossible, but not immediate either.
I am trying to fade out of education. While I love being a teacher, I dislike all the politicking and bureaucracy behind it. I have a hard time envisioning myself doing anything else besides writing. It’s my life goal. It’s my passion. It’s what I am happiest doing.
I would like to hear from other authors who have transitioned from being a part-time writer to a full-time writer. How did you ever do it? When did you take your leap of faith? When did you decide that it was time to hold your breath, close your eyes and jump?