I’ve been thinking a bit lately about that sort of choice, the notion of leaving the safety net of a nine to five gig behind and having more time to devote to your creative dreams. With the new year, lots of fellow writers are trying to spend more time drafting, revising, and submitting, and talking about their choices and trade-offs with the other things they’re spending time on in their lives.
It’s even come up on the TV show, ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Starting with the January 2nd episode, Penny (Kaley Cuoco,) went through some high highs and rapid lows in her quest for success on the small screen, and ended up deciding to give up waitressing at the Cheesecake Factory so as to put more time and effort into looking for gigs and taking acting classes. (Which freaked Leonard out, because he couldn’t identify with taking such a big risk himself.)
I think that on the whole, staying with the full-time day job is the right choice for myself. I’m blessed to have an opportunity to get a good, steady paycheck doing something I love, with people who don’t generally drive me too crazy, and there’s a lot to be said for the value of peace of mind. But who knows, maybe someday I’ll find myself out of a job and pouring my heart into writing all day every day will be the right thing to do!
One more reason to save a little money in the rainy-day fund I guess. What about you? Have you made the big choice one way or another, or taken a third path like some of my good friends here in Hamilton?
I can’t ever quit my day job unless I end up getting married to some millionaire or something 😛 But I wouldn’t want to anyway, ’cause I find I work harder in evenings after work, than I do when I’m on holidays.
Yeah, the necessity of keeping the day job for lots of reasons (not the least of which is maintaining health insurance for my family) is one of the reasons I’ve decided to go the indie publishing route for now. If you can maintain security doing a job that doesn’t drive you crazy, that’s worth a lot!
I had the opportunity to sit on unemployment for a while and dedicate myself to the craft of writing. I was given about 3 months warning my job would be terminated on 12/31. I only seriously thought about this option for about 2 minutes. Then reality asserted itself and I went out and got another job.
Yeah, just call me Leonard 🙂