Irons in the Fire: Diversification for a Writerly Future

by Jonathan 6 Comments

There must be a dozen articles within easy grasp that advise against quitting your day job to embark on your writing career. That’s probably sound advice. As far as I can tell, there aren’t enough wealthy patrons to go around.

But what if you’ve got an eye on freeing yourself from the 9-5 and reaching the lifestyle you want?

Diversification’s not such a bad strategy. Instead of planting one seed and hoping it’ll grow, sow a handful of different ones out there. You probably have more than one interest, so why not explore them. And it doesn’t all have to integrate, hence the diversification.

Having a few irons in the fire isn't always a bad thing.

I’ve got a little secret project that I’m getting off the ground. I can’t talk about it just yet. It’s nothing fancy and it doesn’t pay, but it ties in nicely with writing and reading and could lead to something down the road. It doesn’t involve me dressing up like Little Bo Peep, I assure you.

How do you work toward living your ideal life? If you already do, how did it come about?

Comments ( 6 )

  1. ReplySarah
    Sounds great. Hey, you have to Follow Your Bliss or life loses its lustre. It's not easy fitting everything in and budgeting your income is not fun, but I would hate to lose everything I have (staying at home & raising my kids, writing)only for slightly more money. There are days though (like today) where I am deciding how much gas to put in my tank so that we have enough money for groceries for five people until pay day--and I think that I hate the-end-of-the-month-we-have-no-money syndrome. I share a car with my husband so that we don't have that extra expense, I homeschool for pre-school, my oldest is involved in community/volunteer sports that are cheaper to participate in. I only buy clothes that are in the sales. I don't have debt. If I don't have money for something, I don't get it. So, sacrifices are made for living a life of meaning and you have to be creative in figuring out how to make it work. But I appreciate everything, every minute I have in this Blissful life. (whoa tangent.)
    • ReplyJonathan
      You gotta want it. Having a person in your life who gets it and is down with it is huge. Way to make it happen ;-)
  2. ReplyKid In The Front Row
    The best writers I know aren't any happier, despite the fact they write for a living. I think the more you write and the more you get paid for it and the more that's expected, the more painful it is. If you're working in a supermarket and no-one believes in you; then you're free! You can do what you want, because nobody is listening. For anyone still in that stage, I say: cherish it. Before long, you'll be a success; and everything is more difficult from there.
    • ReplyJonathan
      That's a great point. In the end, work is work is work. We always keep things on the horizon, saying, "if only this would happen, everything would be perfect." But when we sail to that point and see more endless sea, we find something else to shoot for, all the while battling whatever gets in the way. My hope, however naive it might be, is that by indulging in a number of interests, I can keep things fresh (er?), while struggling to live in the moment.
  3. ReplyHarley
    Good luck with your secret project. You're a spy, aren't you? This is a great post because so few of us have that 9-5 chunk carved out for "writing." I have a friend that just landed a super-sweet book deal, was able to quit his job, and has struggled with the adjstment to just "write." We do what we can, when we can.
    • ReplyJonathan
      Thanks. I've been known to dabble in the espionage arts from time to time. I have worn a wig. Having been able to devote a significant portion of my day to writing, I have no worries about getting back to it should I have the opportunity. But, yeah, we do what we can, when we can.

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