Choosing to be a Full Time Writer

I’ve seen a lot of articles out there, saying that you shouldn’t give up your day job to be a writer because most writer will never make enough money to live. Well, if what you want is a huge paycheck, perhaps you should go into one of the professions listed as high paying instead. Surgeons, lawyers, dentists, and oh wait… software related (which was my degree) was also listed there three times. Damn, I should be able to get my huge paycheck as a software engineer.

Except that I know it’s not what my heart wants. Ignoring it will just kill my soul. And as lucrative as lots of money could be, I know it will never be enough to make me happy in the long run.

I believe in following dreams, going where my heart leads me to.

I know that not everyone can do that. We do need to take care of our living cost. But you’d be surprised that sometimes it’s not the money that stopped you, it’s the fear. Uncertainty. Will I ever make it? Am I delusional? Will I ever make it as an author? Well, tell you what, if you don’t believe in yourself, it’s less likely that anyone else will.

So if you do have the chance to do it, just do it! Imagine the possibilities of having  the time to fully commit to research, write, rewrite, edit, and  promote your work. Imagine how wonderful it feels doing something you love the whole day long!

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  1. Wulfette December 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    If it’s never written, it’ll never be read. So, will you ever make it as an author? As long as you write, yes! Personally, seeing how much effort you’ve put into (and yes, I will read Chilli soon!) I’m sure you’ll make it. Go you!

    1. astrid January 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Yes! I’m holding on to every word! Thank you <3

  2. dee December 11, 2010 at 2:47 am

    oops haven’t read chili yet *grin*
    welcome abroad, dear. we’re on the same boat now 😀

    1. astrid January 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Haha, when you finally did, could you tell me what your thoughts are? Be brutally honest please 🙂

  3. Alison Stevens January 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Truer words were never spoken. I just made this jump and it was one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done. 🙂

    1. astrid January 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Cheers to our journey, Alison!


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