Writers have always worried about their writing income. We’re living in a wonderful new world however. In our new world, it’s possible for any reasonably competent writer to quit his day job.
The Passive Voice blog published a post about authors quitting their day job. The post blew up with hundreds of comments, many from writers who’d quit to become full-time authors. I haven’t had time to read them all.
The single most popular post (measured by number of comments) ever to appear on TPV was Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs.
In the original post, PG simply passed on an invitation from a visitor to the blog for indie authors to who had been able to quit their day jobs and write full time to share their stories.
PG bumped the original post up to the top of the listings a couple of times, but something about the post, perhaps the 500+ comments, seemed to break the WordPress theme PG uses with this blog and result in strange display problems.
Ignore the propaganda: YOU can quit your day job, if you want to
My biggest challenge with my writing students is always to broaden their perspective: to help them to understand that the publishing world has changed. Sadly, there’s a lot of nonsense and propaganda out there, and it makes me cross, because highly competent writers are brainwashed into believing that they can’t write and sell.
If you can talk, you can write. If you have a basic understanding of language and grammar, and can write an email message that gets a response, you can sell your writing.
And if you can tell a story, you can sell your stories on Amazon.
As Russell Blake said:
4) If you believe you can do it, you’re right. 5) If you believe you can’t, you’re right. Motivation is your greatest asset, and motivation is fueled by enthusiasm over the long haul. Love what you do, and you’ll always have the necessary motivation to do it.
Here’s the thing. You don’t need massive, ego-driven self-belief. You need sufficient self-belief to sit down at your computer today, and write. Get up earlier if you have to — you can see from my writing journal that I get up at 5AM each day.
No one can force you to become a full-time writer. However, if that’s your dream — it’s the dream for most of my writing students — then you can make it happen. Read authors’ stories, and get inspired. 🙂
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