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is the hardest part. I've been wading through my WIP, trying to get to what I consider the halfway point so I feel like I have a solid book in my hands that accurately showcases the spirit of this novel. I finally got there, but did so just in time for "winter break" at every publisher and agency in the world. So now I'm waiting. Waiting for my agent to read it, waiting to send it out, waiting to sell this thing!

In other news, I have been granted the opportunity to take a full month off at my day job to finish writing a different book. In fairness, it's made possible by all my vacation time that I didn't get to take this year, but still....a whole month, in one big chunk! There could be no greater gift for an author with a day job. I don't have the financial freedom to be jobless, but am slowly going crazy from coming home from work to write. So for one month, I'll see what it's like for those lucky few who can make novel writing their only profession. And maybe, someday, I'll be one of them.

Could I be without a full-time, always-there job? I don't know. I love what I do "for a living", but I also love my sanity. I know there are people out there who do this for years - write before & after work; I've done it for five, and am slowly going crazy. I WANT to watch TV sometimes. I want to cook soup all night long and not worry that my novel is upstairs running amok while I goof off in the kitchen. I want to lay in bed with my three little kids while they fall asleep and NOT run through scenes in my mind, distracted. The big debate: Do you hold onto the financial security and comfort of everyday coworkers, or set off into the unknown abyss and hope like hell you can make it?



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Dec. 29th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Can you work part time? That's what I do. Still not perfect, still too much work, but not crazy-making unless a deadline is imminent.
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I so wish. That would be perfect! But alas, not this job. Sigh. And I LIKE this job.
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