Don’t Quit Your Day Job


I once dreamed of quitting my job and becoming a full time writer. It is kind of why I started writing in the first place. I wanted to be my own boss, control what I did with every second of my life. Then, I woke up to the fact that it wouldn’t work and here is why.

1. Experience inspires creativity! I have written things that were inspired by what happened at work or what happened in the world around me. I have started stories that grew to amazing things, just because someone said something funny or did something that irritated the crap out of me. I can be a very morbid person and I have developed stories where people were killed in some very creative ways. I recently worked in a deli and that deli had a huge oven where they baked bread. My first thought was “Hmm…I wonder how many bodies could fit in there.” I swear I have the mind of a serial killer, but the heart of a saint.

2. I wouldn’t actually write all day. On my days off I decide I will spend the day the way I would if I was a full time author. This usually involves me staring at a blank page, channel surfing, watching YouTube videos, or looking up random things on the internet. Having I job I have to go to inspires me to write and get something down on paper.

3. I would become a recluse. I wouldn’t leave the house. I wouldn’t have money, because I haven’t been working on my books. I would only leave the house if my parents made me. I would only shower when I felt like a pile of dirty clothes. It would be a bad thing!

4. I like people way too much.  I love the interaction of work. I love meeting new people and sharing my life with them.

5. I like working. I really do love the manual labor. One day I plan to have my own bakery and that will come with it’s own experiences and daily interactions. Will I have time to write? Of course I will, because I am super human. I like the daily grind of getting my hands dirty.

The fact of the matter is, I love getting out of the house and doing things. I also love writing about the things I have experienced. I love even more, taking those normal days and writing fantistical stories. I am inspired more by daily life than anything else.

When I lost my job in February and decided to spend my time writing instead of looking for a job, I got so bored. Not that writing bores me, but without the daily interaction with other humans I had a lack of inspiration. My ideas were not dried up, but they were hiding from me. What idea wants to be present in a world that doesn’t move?

Maybe to others inspiration comes from being online or watching TV. Maybe your ideas come from time spent alone in thought. But for me, I get ideas from other people and situations that I find myself in. I find inspiration in the secret places of the world that only I can see. Just seeing my bedroom walls holds no excitement when too much time is spent there.

What inspires you? Do you think you want to become a full time writer? I was never meant to be one thing. I have to have a little bit of everything.


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