Quit your job and become a writer. Yeah, right. For most people it’s a dream.
And it can also be a little short-sighted to think about leaving your job with no financial guarantee. But if other people have told you that you should quit your job and become a writer, perhaps it’s time you started to think about really doing it.
It’s not as far-fetched as you might think.
But make no mistake. It’s not like you can just quit your job and abandon your financial obligations to go live in a loft in Paris. (Although it would give you the time to organize your thoughts.) No, you will have to do some planning before you quit your job, but in the end it will be worth it.
That being said, however, you can make this the last year you will ever work for anyone else again.
Quit Your Job And Become A Writer Tip #1.
First of all, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living, you can still write. Because you can just start writing a daily blog about where you work and get a following. In publishing terms, a following is called an author platform. An author platform simply means "how many people you can reach." This is a level of interest that most publishers and literary agents use before they will represent a writer. And publishers or literary agents won’t look at a new author who doesn’t have people they can reach. So having a following is a good place to start when it's time to quit your job.
And become a writer.
But everyone has a blog, so what will be so different about yours that will land you a book deal?
You can start by writing about the impossibilities of your job every day, or your life that everyone can relate to. Not by complaining, but by empathizing with other people. You will be surprised about how many people will identify with you when you are authentic. So feel free to let it all out. Use a pen name if you have to. Your blog can be humorous, melodramatic, or even include helpful advice. Like how to get a raise or a promotion, how to make a sale, or how to manage people. Or even list the reasons to quit a job, or how to quit your job.
If you want to write a novel, writing a post a day about your fictionalized workplace is the perfect place to start. Truth is always stranger than fiction. And if you work in a place no one would believe exists, it's a great place to begin. You may even be a little sad when it's time to quit your job.
Quit Your Job And Become A Writer Tip #2.
If you are going to quit your job and become a writer, don’t get stuck in the middle of your book with nothing left to say. Many writers who want to quit their job have no problem starting a nonfiction book or a novel. You may have started one already. But somehow, halfway through the book, you have run out of things to say. Or maybe you don’t know how to finish it so you can just quit your job. The best way to prevent this is to carry a small notebook around with you and make notes as you think of new ideas to write.
For example, during the day, you may have said something positive to someone that helped them finish a project and then forgotten about it. This is a common mistake for writers, forgetting how much we know and giving ourselves credit for knowing it. And doing much more than we actually realize. Writing it down at that moment will keep your ideas flowing. As well, the smallest details are what make a nonfiction book valuable.
The same practice applies to novels. Make sure to write down things as they happen, when they are fresh in your mind. Because by the end of the day you will forget a lot of the details if something interesting happens at work. So take your lunchtime to make notes for your book instead of socializing. Unless something funny or dramatic happens in the break room. Then you want to make sure to include it in your best-selling novel.
And if your novel still comes up short – go back and flesh out the descriptions that make up the setting of your book. The action in your novel will be heightened because the setting will be that much more vivid.
Quit Your Job And Become A Writer Tip #3.
Have a savings plan and cut back on your expenses. You can’t quit your job and become a writer if you don’t have any money. Although the process of self-publishing on the internet is practically free, you still have to have money to live on. So while you are writing your book over the course of the year, have some kind of financial plan in place. So that when it's time to leave your job, you will have a finished book in your hand.
And a prosperous future to enjoy even though you just quit your job.
3 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job
- You are writing every night and you are finally getting somewhere. Your feedback on your blog from strangers is positive and supportive.
- Your expenses are somehow manageable because you have given up a few things. And you don't mind giving up a few more for a while.
- You are mature enough to start thinking about how to quit your job gracefully. And you've figured out how to properly resign from a job.
When to quit a job is a hard thing to know because there are so many uncertainties.
Especially for writers.
But when you stop caring about your job and put everything into writing, it's only a matter of time. When to leave a job is up to you, but maybe it's just a matter of living frugally and finding a lesser job that pays your bills.
Remember, your career will always be there, but so will writing. So there is no pressure to quit your job any time soon. Just keep writing until you feel the time is right and the signs you need a new job (writing) are there.
I know you can do it.
See also: https://brenthollister.blogspot.com/