Well, this week I took a step I often dreamed of, but never thought would happen. I quit my day job to concentrate on full time writing.
My book, House At Baker Street is on Amazon now. It’s the first in a series of Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson mysteries (yes, the women from the Sherlock Holmes stories). Pan Macmillan bought it, and have published it, and will publish the next in the story, and I am currently writing the third and planning the fourth and fifth. My writing has gone from something I’d do in the evenings, to something that takes up a large chunk of my time. There’s no way I can do this and a day job.
I’ve got enough money to keep me for six months. In that six months, I have to find out if I can earn enough money to live on from writing.
I’m constantly reading articles saying authors don’t earn enough money. The lower paid ones barely earn a few thousand a year. I’m always reading articles about how low paid authors are. So, when I handed in my notice, I had an attack of nerves. I went around wondering if I’d done the right thing, and wouldn’t it be far better to wait until I was sure, absolutely sure that I can earn a living?
But I’m trying to write. When I had a week off, I wrote all day. I wandered around the park and worked out what I was going to write, and came home and wrote all afternoon and then planned what was next and where I was going and what I needed to think about next. Going back to the day job and reducing that five or six hours work on the book to a just an hour a day actually hurt. I felt I’d been ripped away from what I was supposed to be doing. I was writing ten or twelve pages a day, now I can barely manage three. My thinking and planning time has been severely reduced, and it shows in what I’m producing.
So, the nerves melted away, replaced by a need to write and a feeling that I am doing the right thing. I must try. I may fail, but I MUST try.
So, on 31st December, I shall work my last day in my day job. On 1st January 2016, I begin my life as a full time writer. I hope it lasts.