So how many of you want to be paid full-time writers? I know I do. The question I seem to ask myself is, when do I take that leap? When you have a full-time job and other responsibilities that keep you busy, you cannot dedicate the time needed for taking your writing to the next level. It is a slow process otherwise, writing part-time can take years before one can get established. So when do you take the leap? When life gets in the way of your writing, is that a sign it is time to jump? Or should one play it safe and gradually build up credentials to help become established?
I’ve heard both sides of the argument; take your time and build your reputation or go for it and take the risk of succeeding faster but with greater risk of failure. The number I’ve heard thrown around a lot is 3 in 10,000 manuscripts get published. That is a very depressing number. So is it an all-in game, put all of your chips on the table and just go for it, or the wait and see. Both have pros and cons and I’d assume it depends on the person, but I’m trying to figure out the right fit for me. I’ve written for a few years now and have honed my craft to a more marketable level. I still have weaknesses that need work on, but don’t we all. I am getting closer and closer to the point where I feel it is the time to jump. I have a notebook full of stories and ideas that need to be flushed out and written, but the stupid real world keeps getting in the way.
How about you guys? Where do you stand on the elusive dream of making a living writing?