I’ve taken steps to carve significant time for writing. After Thursday, August 18, 2016, writing becomes my prime focus, followed by seeking work that makes a difference in the lives of others. That is my goal.
I’ve had the good fortune to work a niche of IT that allowed me to save a cash buffer, to help make it through this transition. What do other writers do? I feel compelled to write, but not so compelled that I put 5 hours in after work each day, or as compelled as a certain author I know who published her memoir While teaching college courses, adopting a child (as a single mother) and remodeling her home.
I’m not much of a multitasker, and that got in the way of writing. Friends tell me I have an obsessive focus once I get an idea in mind; it’s what helped me build a violin from scratch, all the while noting that grandiose woodworking projects are a distraction from (avoidance of?) writing.
Just about one year ago I vowed to start eliminating distractions and start writing, and this is the latest inflection point: taking the leap, hoping to manufacture the space to write and simultaneously figure out how to retool my career to earn a living without dousing my enthusiasm for writing.
See you on the other side.