One of the things that Jodi Thomas said has stuck with me--she mentioned that at some point, you're going to have to burn your boats. You're going to have to commit to making writing your career, with no chance of going back. She related the story of a young man who had just sold his first book and asked her what he should do to make sure it was a success. Her advice? Sell your car. Use the money to buy as many copies of your book as possible, so the publisher will see how well it's selling and offer you a contract for a second book. Burn your boats.
|Burning of the USS Philadelphia,|
The funny thing is, Jodi Thomas isn't the first person to give this advice. I recently took an online course about how you can quit your day job to write, and the instructor said how much your life will change when you're doing what you love. You probably won't have a lot of money, but if you like what you're doing, you won't notice it. Many of the other authors and agents at DFW Con said similar things, so I feel like maybe the universe is trying to tell me something <g>.
I don't know if I'm ready to take the leap just yet, but I'm standing on the cliff edge looking down, matches in hand (and how's that for a mixed metaphor?).
What about you?