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Thoughts on Wednesday

Thoughts on Wednesday

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Sometimes we need to back away from a project, plan, book, idea . . . and give it time to be.

I recently spent two weeks working on a rough draft for a mystery novella. At the end of the two weeks I thought “this is such crap, what was I thinking?” Guess what? I re-read the draft two weeks later and thought “hey, this isn’t half bad!”. It was the same writing, the same approach, the same talent . . . why the difference?

Time and distance.

If you’re feeling like your work isn’t good enough . . . be a little like those sea gulls and just float away. You can return, but not today.

When Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job?

When Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job?

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When I first started writing for magazines I managed to collect my (not) fair share of rejection letters. However, I persisted in writing queries and improving my pitch. One day, the dam broke open and I was faced with a choice I was happy to make:

  • Quit my job and jump full force into being a freelancer OR
  • Keep my job and try to eke enough hours out of the day to fulfill my magazine assignments.

For awhile, I continued doing both the job and the dream job until I reached a tipping point; I knew that in order to grow my writing business, I had to quit my job – I just didn’t have time to do both.

So if you’re wondering when you can escape Cubicle Nation, ask yourself this: Do you have enough work and/or income coming in the door – so much so that you can’t do the work and THE WORK? If your answer is yes – then welcome to the world of freelance writing.

My Backstory

My Backstory

When I was ten I wanted to be an archaeologist. I’m not sure if it was the idea of climbing through ancient ruins or the thought of making a world-shaking discovery that became my carrot; whichever it was, it didn’t happen. Instead I fell in love with words and went on to become a writer.

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