The Writing Life: When to leave Your 9-5


It’s difficult trying to balance your bills and work/life with your writing ambitions. Often you get pulled in separate directions not really caring about progressing in your day job because you’re working towards a passion. Everyone needs a day job to pay the bills but sometimes you can get in a rut and it’s time to move on. Here’s some signs that it’s time for a new direction:

1. You can do your job half-asleep, standing on your head but still feel stressed by it and like you’re not doing it right.

2. You are so stressed by your job that you are constantly looking at the exits.

3. Your job has begun to feel like a never-ending prison sentence.

4. You are beginning to see no other future besides getting up, going to work, coming home and going to sleep.

5. You haven’t had any new ideas in so long that you are beginning to wonder if you’ve lost your writing altogether.

6. You  spend 24 hours a day thinking about winning the lottery, trying not to think about your job, planning holidays or trying to finish early.

7. You see no reason why you feel the way you do about your job as no one else thinks it’s that bad.

8. You are beginning to think that writing isn’t worth the stress but dare not think it.

9. You no longer remember when writing wasn’t about trying to get published so you can prove to others that you actually are a writer.

10. Inertia – You feel so bored and pressured that you can barely do anything without falling asleep and feel like a zombie most of the time.  Excitement feels like a far-off dream you might have once had. 

FINAL WORDS 

DON’T FEAR CHANGING DIRECTION SO MUCH.IGNORE THOUGHTS THAT LIFE WILL ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS.

TAKE THE PLUNGE

AND GET OUT THERE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

RE-CONNECT WITH WRITING BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT.

CONSIDER TRYING TO GET

PART-TIME WORK

SO THAT YOUR JOB DOESN’T INFRINGE SO MUCH ON YOUR PASSIONS AND PRIVATE LIFE.

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