Last May, I was fretfully writing this blog about our daughter’s foray into daycare, scarcely enjoying my newfound freedom after spending 15 months at home with J.
I knew that daycare would be healthy and beneficial to all of us, but it was tough to swallow at the time.
Today, J. is thriving, and so am I.
Some days it was thrilling. Some days it felt like a burden. And other days it was so inspiring I could hardly believe that it was my life.
By the end of October 2016, I had put the finishing touches on the first draft of my manuscript. Simply exhilarating.
Then, I realized that writing three days a week was not going to be sufficient time to research, query and secure a literary agent, write a blog every week (no exceptions), build my social media following, write a book proposal, and essentially learn all there is to know about the publishing industry.
It was time to go FULLY full-time, and so I did. Was there guilt? Yes. Am I glad that I did it? Absolutely. Because there is no question about it: building a successful writing career as an author or freelancer is a full-time job.
Here are a few things I have learned about building a writing career over the past year:
How about you? Have you made a major career or life change? What have you learned from the experience? I would love to hear from you
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