There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.” Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, “How good or how bad am I?” That’s where courage comes in. – Erma Louise Bombeck
They say Friday the 13th is a bad day in the luck department. I have decided to fight against common thought and turn it into good luck. 13 has always been a lucky number for me. This year, Friday the 13th, May 2011 is incredibly significant.
Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. – JK Rowling
Friday the 13th, May 2011 my job description changed to:
Full Time Writer / Author
A year ago I decided that by 2012 I would be a full-time writer with at least 1 story published. The story is busy being published in Tales for Canterbury as I write this. I also decided in January this year that one of my goal-resolutions would be to go full-time writing this year. As of 13th May, I can tick that goal off my list.
When we set goals, we are in command. Clearly understood goals bring our lives into focus just as a magnifying glass focuses a beam of light into a burning point. Without goals our efforts may be scattered and unproductive. – Ezra Taft Benson
After much thought and contemplation, I decided to put my goals on the line and go full-time writing. This was not done lightly nor was it done alone. I have the support of an incredible family and amazing friends behind me. I also have the wider support network of some amazing online writer friends.
Now I know that there are many writers out there who can’t give up the day job as of yet. I made the decision because it is something I have been working towards for 10 years now. I had also got to the point where my writing turned from being something I did in private to something I know that need to do to feel fulfilled. It is sad that of all the professional careers in the world, the creative careers of Artist, Writer, Sculptor, Musician are not taken as seriously.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
For me, writing is a calling and a gift. It is something that succours my soul and nourishes my spirit. It is something that lifts my heart and fuels my mind. But over the years I realised that if I was serious about this calling, I needed to get serious with it in public. So I sat down a year ago and wrote up some goals. I believe in goal setting but more importantly I believe you must write down your goals and your dreams. Writing goals down cements them in our minds.
When I was offered an opportunity to submit a short story to an Anthology, I jumped at the chance. Something deep inside told me this was my chance to put my writing out there in public. This was my chance to show the world that I was serious about being a writer. It was a nail-biting time waiting to hear if I had been accepted and when the good news finally came – I literally jumped for joy. The final moment of realisation hit me when I received my contract. Here it was. My first actual publishing contract.
I believe that every person on earth is born with a purpose, a gift, a talent. Some people never find that purpose and tend to jump from thing to thing, searching all the while for something they know is missing from their life. Some people know what their purpose and their gift is but choose not to pursue it. Then there are those few who know what their purpose is and pursue it at any cost.
Not fulfilling your dreams will be a loss to the world, because the world needs everyone’s gift — yours and mine. – Barbara Sher
For me, writing is my purpose, my passion, my gift, my need, my longing and my fulfilment. In my mind, I have always identified myself as a writer. But in the real world there are bills to pay and sometimes life throws you curveballs that take you slightly off the track from your purpose. I have had my fair share of curveballs thrown my way. I have also had normal day jobs that I have worked in to pay my bills. But through this all, I have continued to write. But it has been in the last year that this writing has reached a feverish pitch. After working a 40 hour job in management in my day job, I would get home and write every day deep into the late hours of the night and the early hours of the morning. The last 9 months I have survived on little more than a few hours sleep at night.
Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret – curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. – Walt Disney
Some people in my life wondered why I persisted in working myself to the bone. How could I describe this burning need to write? How could I explain that even though the world ticked my career as something else, this did not change the fact that in my mind I identified myself as a writer? Eventually the only way I knew that people would learn to understand and accept that I am a writer is if I became a Full Time Writer.
Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream. – Peter McWilliams
This brought me to my decision 5 weeks ago to resign from my day job. Am I nervous about jumping in head first into being a Full Time Writer? No, I am not nervous. For the first time in my adult life I feel secure in my decision. I am not doing this for anyone else or to please the people in my life. I am not doing this just to pay the bills. Now there is no hesitancy for me to tick my profession in official forms. All the other day jobs I have had are just those: jobs. They were not how I defined myself. Now people will also define me by this decision. I am doing this because this is who I am. I am proud to say:
I am a Full Time Writer.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills, countless ideas and endless plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it! Boldness had genius, power, and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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27 thoughts on “I am a Writer – Full Time”
Congratulations, I am absolutely thrilled for you. Thanks so much for the link to my blog post.
Congratulations! I wish you all the best!
What a true blessing and yes, honor, it is to know you.
I was very blessed by reading this. To see others KNOW in their innermost being that what they are doing IS what God called them to do…is such an unspeakable joy.
As Draven said, I hope things work out-and I hope all goes as He planned for you.
Thanks Tymothy. Thank you also for subscribing to my blog. I will posting most of my writing related posts now at http://kimkoning.wordpress.com Feel free to pop by there. I will still be posting here at Dragonfly Scrolls but it will be mostly things that inspire me as well as interviews and reviews. 🙂
Perhaps you know this, but, if not, it will be my gift for you to take with you into this new life.
In many traditions, Jewish, Muslim, Native American to name a few, 13 is the number of transformation and healing. Exactly what you are doing. Native Americans believe the dragonfly leads the swan into the dream. The swan is a transformer. It begins life black and molts into a lovely white creature. As you learn to be a fulltime writer, you will heal parts of you that felt unfulfilled. Eventually, the fulltime artist emerges. Blessings on your journey.
If you wish to read more, try Jamie Sams “Dancing the Dream”, pg 94.
Wow! I am speechless Robin. I did not know that. I love that. Thank you for that amazing gift. You don’t realise but your comment has just been another sign that I am on the right path. Wow! 🙂
Hello, just ran into this page from reddit. It is not something I would typically read, but I loved your thoughts on it. Thanks for making a blog post worth reading!
Yay Kim! Delighted that you’ve taken the plunge! I’m tossing a Magnum at the bow of your vessel, may the wind be in your sails, always! xo Judith
Dear Judith – I love that toast! Thank my dear friend for all the well wishes. 🙂
Congratulations! You’ll never regret it. Those other jobs are just research, cool things to write about now. I can’t think of any good writers who didn’t have some of those, usually with a few colorful oddities among them.
I’m working hard on quitting my last one – Being A Cripple. It’s rough but I will get there to the stage you’re at now. You’ve given me hope that I’ll get there too in my time!
Thank you Robert. Hope is the strongest currency known to humans. You will get there too in time. I definitely know I will not regret this move. 🙂
The quotes you interspersed with the post are very good…
Your courage is exemplary…
Your Identity will now Flourish 🙂
Thank you for the amazing compliments Alexander! Those are some of my favourite quotes. 🙂
That is fantastic. I wish you all the best with it and all the pride in the world when ticking boxes naming your occupation 🙂
Thanks Rebecca! I am now doing the best job in the world! 🙂
Hi, just found your website from digg. It is not something I would typically read, but I liked your thoughts on it. Thank you for making a blog post worth reading!
One year and six months ago I made the same declaration without even a pub cred to my name… and now I have two books sold. It’s an amazing journey with lots of ups and downs. But the thing that never changes is the dedication to the work.
We are writers. That’s what we do. Thank GOD. We have the best job in the whole world.
Congratulations–I’m so proud to know you and happy to have connected!
That is fantastic to hear Patti. Yes we do have the best job in the whole world. Great to have you as a friend too. 🙂
Congratulations, Kim – and best of luck!
Thanks Roz! 🙂
Good luck in your future as a full time writer. I hope things work out for you and that we see a lot of your writing in the future.You certainly write well, judging by this.
Thank you Draven. I will start posting some excerpts in future posts. Thank you for the good luck wishes. Thank you for the compliment. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂