Taking Risks

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my writing career. I’ve been starting to formulate a plan for the direction I’d like to take next year. But a lot of it involves taking risks.

I’ve been toying about working for myself or working contract projects and then moving on. The idea of working for myself and controlling what kind of writing I do is an appealing idea. I’d be working more, but heck, it would be for something I 100% enjoy doing.

I would love to write a children’s book and I’d love to do NaNoWriMo. Those things involve time that I haven’t figured out how to incorporate into my schedule.

There is not enough time in the day to pursue the writing I’d like to do and that’s why working for myself seems like a great option.

But then my rational side kicks in. Why would I not want to have full-time job that provides some sort of security? What if I go out on my own and something happens and I can’t pay my bills?

I know a lot of people who are working for themselves and there’s a divide. Have any of you taken the risk and gone out on your own? What were your experiences? Were they worth it?

7 thoughts on “Taking Risks

  1. Well, my biggest risk I’ve taken was to start posting a book of mine online, rather than go the typical writing-it-all-out-and-submitting-to-agents deal, so I say taking risks would be a good move, but a scary one! Can you get enough side writing jobs to make the decision easier?

    I am doing NaNo this year…I think. Which will be the first year I’ve ever done it! Some of my writerly friends have encouraged me to give it a shot, so I will! Why not try writing your kids book during November??

  2. That’s the catchall. If I have enough now, what happens when the pipeline dries up?

    Cool! I’ve thought about it, but I think that NaNo is best spent on a dedicated novel.

  3. I think your question is a good one because the answer is different for everyone.

    In your case, maybe it’s a good idea to try keeping full-time work and writing jobs in proportion. So as you increase paid writing gigs, you scale back the full-time work? And ideally, over time, the ratio of writing activities will outweigh the full-time work.

    And, I think NaNoWriMo is definitely worth a shot this year, even if it’s just to see how it balances with a full-time job. At the very least, you’ll be writing your heart out regardless of the results.

  4. You’re like me. You think logically. That’s a logical plan for sure.

    NaNoWriMo would be easier I had a novel idea in my head though….

  5. I am a fan of the logical as well. I started writing for pay a long time ago but “on the side”. Now it is my Part-time career. However it became my part time career out of necessity, I’m lucky that I love it!

    It’s a catch 22. Maybe rate the risk? On a 1-10 scale how risky is the move? How comfortable are you with that number?

    Cheering you on! 🙂

    • Thanks for your support as always! It is a huge catch 22. I’m beginning to think that if my gut isn’t telling me to go for it, then I need to stick with the logical plan!

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