In a recent meeting with my team, I was asked, “Do you want to write as a job or a hobby?” I’ve been asked that before, and always answered with a rather wishy-washy “I don’t know.”
This time, the question bounced around in my head for days. What did I want, and what was a reasonable expectation? Lying in bed one night, I accepted that writing is never going to pay the bills. Odds are good that it’s always just going to be something I do for fun in my spare time. It was rather depressing, but in that moment, I had the answer to the question.
Writing is a side job. No, I’ll probably never quit my job and do it full time, but I will do it like I would any job, to the best of my ability.
Having decided that, I’m making changes to how I spend my days. Mornings are writing time, just me, my laptop, and coffee. The cat, too, because he’s a nosy brat who wants to be the center of attention! I have a working timeline for releasing my books. I intend to begin a newsletter in the near future. In short, I have big plans for my side job!
It won’t be easy, but my mindset has changed dramatically in the past few weeks. I realize there will be setbacks, best laid plans and all that, but I can do this. I have stories to tell!
I don’t think I’m alone in this, that it’s something most writers go through. What about you? How or when did you decide where your writing fit in your life? I’d love to hear about your journey!