Quitting the Day Job… Again

Remember when I quit my day job last summer to enjoy life as a full time writer?

As soon as I was officially a full time writer I did the least amount of writing in years. Having the luxury of time just meant I filled my hours with everything but words.

I caught up on social stuff, I publicized my books and went to poetry events. I taught creative writing at the college and did marketing and writer consulting. I did everything around writing.

I didn’t enjoy not writing, so I started back with a day job—Amazon. I figured if I wasn’t going to get any writing done I may as well make money. After Amazon, I moved on to another job out of habit but, once again, it’s gotten too much to keep up on my writing work and a day job.

Beginning next week I’ll be trying the full time writer gig again. I’m a little more prepared now. I’m leaning on the advice of friends and mentors who have gone this way before me. I found out that failing to produce as a full time artist is actually pretty common as we place everything in front of our work.

I’ve picked up some freelance work this time as well to keep me in the production mindset. I’ll be finishing book two of Bitter Suites, among other things. I plan to have a schedule that puts my writer time first and hopefully never have to say third time’s the charm.

Special thanks to Linda D. Addison for helping me come to this decision with her wise advice!

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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One Response to Quitting the Day Job… Again

  1. Marge Simon says:

    All best to you in this venture, Angela! In my case, after 30 0dd years teaching I was SO READY to have my own time — never have looked back. Of corues. I also managed to write and paint and so on when working, but it’s so nice to make my own schedule. You’re young, you’ll work it out!

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