I wonder what would happen if we put 100% into what we truly want to do, instead of splitting time and energy between what's considered "practical" and what's "creative"?
Practical - writing dull insurance articles for a website
Creative - writing that fun personal essay for Skirt!
Practical - temping at a marketing company for extra money
Creative - writing & submitting extra newspaper articles each month for extra $
As a "green" freelancer I'm constantly reminded that if I want to be a smart businessperson, I need to be practical & do whatever makes money until I break into the writing markets that pay well. Okay, this is sound advice. It's what I'm doing. But lately I've been wondering if it's the only way...
Tonight, at an ESL meeting, I talked with a retired school principal named Bob. Twenty years ago, Bob's son and daughter in-law quit their jobs (one worked at a marketing company , the other at Morgan Stanley) because they couldn't take the corporate life anymore. They quit cold, with no income and no plan other than knowing they wanted to start their own business. Well, they did a lot of research, worked hard, and borrowed money - from Bob and his wife, who took out a 2nd mortgage on their home to make it possible. Today, the couple's created a children's puzzle company and their puzzles are sold throughout the world ("Melissa & Doug")..and they've "hired" Bob and his wife as employees in the now-family business!
I'm not saying we need to go broke or borrow money to become successful writers...but faith, creativity and courage goes a long way in chucking out some of that "safe" work we don't want and taking a chance on what we truly want to do.