Monday, July 12, 2010

Distractions & Making a Living

Writing full-time is my aspiration in life. Like most authors, I want to get paid for the words I put on paper to the degree I can do it without supplementing my income with other work.

While I've managed to sign a contract publishing my first work that will pay once it's out, we ain't there yet.

Working 60+ hours a week between two jobs has really taken a toll in my writing life in the last two weeks, doing nothing of merit to further my writing career besides half-hearted posts on Twitter and answering a few rogue emails here and there as the agent rejections continue to spill in. Yippee.

Regardless, I look forward to a time when I can sit at a desk eight hours a day and write about what I want to, instead of compiling a security manual for a 40 hour course I have to teach in the coming months. I don't mind work. I don't mind hard work. I don't mind drain-you-till-you're-dry work. I just wish I had the passion for it as I do writing novels - hell, I'd never retire.

For all of those out there like me, I wish you the best. I hope one day, even if you can't live extravagantly, that you can survive on your words. I hope people read them and want to buy more as soon as they're available.

Until then, I wish you well as you continue to slag through the corporate world to fund your artistic career until it takes off.

Here's to hoping mine does sooner than later.


  1. There's never enough time to write, no matter what else pulls us away, but the fact that you write despite those pulls sets you apart. So many people think about writing, but they never do it. They have all the excuses. Best of luck and congrats on the contract!

  2. Thanks a lot, Michele! Here's to losing sleep for the sake of literary art!