Wednesday, 6 March 2013

I am a writer!

This is it, I have nowhere to hide. The day job is behind me (I was made redundant last week) which means I'm a full time writer. And that means I have to write - not just when I feel like it or when an idea strikes but for a fair amount of time most days. I'll have to promote my short stories and books too.

Am I insecure? Gosh yes. What if I don't have any more success than I did when I wrote in my spare time. What if I get blocked or bored and actually do worse than before? What if sharing office space with my husband causes friction? I'm so glad I have the support of my blog buddies and the lovely Insecure Writer's Support Group to help me. I'm sure there will be times when I need you.

I'm excited too. This is what I've wanted for a long time. Even if it doesn't work out and I need to get a proper job I'll have tried my dream for a little while. (btw, I have the new footwear now - might not be quite what some of you were picturing)

I hope that you all get a chance to experience whatever it is you really want. Is that to write full time, or do you have a different aim?

Here's a competition to win a copy of Office 2013. All you have to write is a caption for a photo.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to read one of my (very) short stories.

52 comments:

  1. I'm sure you'll be fine, Patsy. I actually had great success when I was unemployed for 15 months a long time ago - because not only did I have time to write, but time to submit. The more you put out into the world, the more will be published! Good luck :-)

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    1. Getting more stuff out there should improve my chances, Annalisa and I have no excuse now for not getting a lot of work submitted.

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  2. As I said before, Patsy, although you didn't choose to be made redundant (in the same way that I didn't - can it really be 2 years now!) it can sometimes be the best thing that has ever happened. Use all your lovely time wisely (it's amazing how many other things you can find to do instead of writing when you are at home full time) and write lots more of your lovely books and stories for us to read.

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    1. I'm already seeing advantages in not having to go to work, Wendy and am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity.

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  3. Lovely Patsy!! It's onwards and ever upwards for you!! Yay! take care
    x

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  4. Ooh, I'd love to write full time but I'm definitely not confident enough to do it yet. I hope everything works out for you - let's hope the redundancy was a blessing in disguise!

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    1. I wouldn't have had the confidence to leave the day job to write so maybe you're right about it being a blessing in disguise.

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  5. The great thing about being a full time writer is you never know what surprises might fall into your inbox. Good luck!

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    1. That's true, Simon - any day I could get an envelope that doesn't have my own handwriting on the front!

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  6. Dive in, paddle around, and ENJOY! :)

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    1. I'll get my rubber ring and get to it, linda.

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  7. I call myself a full time writer, but as I'm also the House Manager I don't really write full time, but do try to devote most of the afternoon. So hope you enjoy the new lifestyle.
    Loved the Little Savage story - have you tried ParagraphPlanet which publishes daily 75 word stories?

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    1. I suspect I'll spend as much time gardening as writing - but I can plot while tending my plot so I'll claim some of it as writing time, Tracy.

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  8. A little bit of me envies you - actually quite a lot of me - but I do understand the difference between having a job that pays and not having that fallback! Unlike many of us though, you do have a great foundation of published work on which to build, so keep remembering that. I'm sure the building will soon be a skyscraper.

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    1. It does help that I'm not starting from scratch, Lindasy.

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  9. Lucky you - you have a valid chance to try out being a full time writer without actually giving up a day job! Shame you were made redundant, but every cloud has a silver lining. Go for it!

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    1. In a way it's good the decision was partly made for me, Linda.

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  10. You've always been a writer, I don't know how you found time for the day job and you're so modest not to have given it up ages ago. I love the little savage. In three weeks, our shop keys have to be handed back, then I'll be a writer in residence at our house for a while... We may be eating baked beans, then... not sure what then...

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    1. It's a difficult time for you, Suzy. I do hope something turns up for you - preferably something which also allows you plenty of writing time.

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  11. Live the dream! Hope it all works out for you, we're all behind you :)

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  12. Congrats Patsy! I hope it's all you dreamed of and wish you great success! :-)

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  13. Patsy, you should rephrase that to "I am a writer and I have beautiful." Congratulations! And happy IWSG.

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  14. Oh! I have wanted to live that dream! My fear is that the internet will be too distracting (as often times it is. I'm not sure how I actually write my novels sometimes). Good luck with your dream! I know you'll be amazing! :)

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    1. The internet is VERY distracting, Ashley. I'm trying to limit myself.

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  15. Enjoy every minute of it, Patsy.

    I write at home with my husband working just the other side of the wall in a room we divided. He has the half with the back door in it, so he can nip outside for a cigar. I have the tiny half and share it with the piano.

    It's great fun and it's nice to break off for lunch together - although it's always me who makes it! If I need to bounce an idea off him, he's very useful for that. I often burst into his half and demand to know how to start a fire without matches or some other vital fact for a new story. It saves me getting distracted by the Internet.

    Have a wonderful time. I can't imagine a better life than this. x

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    1. I share the office space with my husband. I have a feeling he'll soon wish there was a dividing wall between us!

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  16. I love being a full time writer, although I don't have even a part-time salary yet! But you'll find opportunities will build. One little word of warning - make sure you take time to do other things too. If I don't have a reasonable busy life, I don't seem to write enough.

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    1. The doing other stuff probably won't be an issue for me, Rosemary! I do agree though that it's important to have a life away from the keyboard.

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  17. I'm here, if you ever need a sharp kick in the you-know-what if you start losing hope, or get distracted :-)

    P.s pleased could you do the same in return :-) Thanks

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  18. Enjoy yourself, Patsy - and we'll all have lots more of your lovely stories and books to read :-) x

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  19. Good luck Patsy, I just know you'll be fine honey :)

    Xx

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  20. I really admire you, Patsy. You muust be very disciplined. I can only write when I feel like it, even when I'm in the middle of a novel. I could never do the six-plus hours a day so many writers manage. Very good luck!

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    1. Some times it's much easier to write than others, Frances. When I don't feel like writing I edit, sub and do other writing related tasks.

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  21. All the best Patsy! Now we can look forward to more books from you!

    Nas

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  22. You share an office with your hubby! How challenging. LOL I think I could do it if I had to, but my hubby always has some news report or noisy thing going on, and it would be rather distracting. Congrats on being able to write more! I write full time, and LOVE it. :)

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    1. Luckily for me he works very quietly, Carol. I think it's him who will be the most challenged.

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  23. I would love to write full-time and have many of the same fears. Right now, though, I'm a stay-at-home mom trying to squeeze writing into the few spare moments I have. :)

    Best of luck, friend. So exciting! ☺

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    1. I am lucky to have my current concerns I know, Dana.

      Thanks for the good wishes.

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