Follow the money?

I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money – Paul Coelho

I’ve talked before on this blog about the fact that I’m self-employed and really love being my own boss. But I’ve hit an issue recently because a large, long-term client has become exceedingly difficult to work with and so I’ve greatly reduced what I’m willing to do for them. On many levels I feel much better about this but I’ve still got to pay the bills and my income has taken a hit.

And so here’s the problem. I could go for it. I could find a way to live within the reduced income and use all the extra free time to put into writing of my own. Really set out to become that published author that I’ve dreamt about since I was 6 or 7. Or I look for another new client – and at the moment that seems to mean more full-time work than I’ve been used to – and have additional security.

And frankly I’m scared of the leap that the first option would need but I’m horrified by the thought of full-time working with one client even if it’s only for a few months.

Every author must hit this point. I remember reading many years ago Piers Anthony talking about how hard it was to take the decision to stop working for a year to see if he could make it as an author. Recently, Chuck Wendig has been blogging about his wife giving up work so that now they are reliant on his income from what he publishes. Scary steps for both of them and they are my idea of really good writers – if it is a stretch for them how difficult will it be for me?

But do I want to reach old age and be full of regrets about the step not taken? I’ll keep you posted.

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