I tell you this because its true, not because I think it will make any difference in your decision-making when your own opportunity to quit the day job comes. I should have been making as much money from royalty income as I was from my day job. I'm still not making that much money from royalties - if I were to follow my own advice, I'd still be working full time and writing on the side.
And, frankly, I would quit too soon again, even under the same circumstances, and even though I know how hard things have been, how hard they are, how hard they may be in the future. If I wouldn't take my own advice on this, why should you?
Well, it's good advice. It's the truth.
But I'd rather be writing and poor than nursing and secure. Because the fact is, in spite of the mistakes I've made, I'm still doing the thing I love. I'm still getting paid for it. I still love getting up and going to work in the morning, sitting at the keyboard and creating new worlds and new people and new magic. If I were just in it for the bucks, I would have been long gone by now.
I'm in it for love. I'm here for the long haul - one way or another, under my own name or under a pseudonym, I'm going to be writing books.
When you get up before your alarm clock goes off most mornings because you're excited about what you're doing, you're doing the right thing with your life. I am. I have no doubts about that.
I hope you don't either.
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