I miss blogging about any crazy thought that came to mind. I may not have always had time to write, but I used to gain all kinds of inspiration when I had a job other than writing. It would be nice to have a little bit of income too.
I think it's time I made a few concessions, surrender a little ground, and lose a personally important battle in order to win the war.
I'm not giving up though. Writing is my profession and I will make a living from it, but I'm not currently. So, in order to maintain my lifestyle and repay some of the kindness done by friends and family, I need to take a second job, preferably only very part-time. I still need time to write.
In addition to earning me a little money to get by, it will also give me things to write about. All the fantastic magic or marvellous technology won't help unless my characters are believable. Experiencing time with people will help me make my characters more real.
Being single helped with the socialising aspect, since I used to get out the house and spend time with my friends. One of my friends was also single though, and now neither of us are. I'm much happier of course, and I still like my other friends, but it feels like I have everything I need at home now, so the only real excuse I'll have to get out of the house will be to take a second job.
I don't want to work for anyone else, but it would be tactically advantageous for me to do so. Besides, I'm still working for me. I'll still be writing, and I'll gain more helpful experience that will help me write better. Who knows what will inspire the next story? It'll be like I'm getting paid to research characters and find writing prompts, which isn't a bad deal.
I'd like to be able to use my phone's QuickMemo+ app to write down any ideas that come to mind when I'm at work. If there's a strict 'no devices' policy, then I would appreciate being able to keep a notepad and pen with me instead. Trust me, I'll be able to focus on my work better if you'll let me get the ideas out of my head.
I don't really want to do retail or call-centre work anymore. I've done it all and it bored me. I'm technically qualified to be management, but a lot of the work I've had to do while being groomed for retail management was also boring. I get how it works. I want to try something different.
If I do sales again, it would have to be a product I care about. I actually enjoy working for commission if I believe in the product, but it's not necessary. I worked for a video game store for years because I loved it. I love stories, particularly fantasy and sci-fi, so video games, and tabletop hobby games are dear to my heart. Sadly, positions available with businesses that sell such products are rare because the jobs are awesome and no-one wants to quit.
I'd even settle for a shop that sells PC components, audio equipment and drones! There is one in town, but I've never seen them post a vacancy either. I may try anyway. I've already updated my CV (that's a Resume if you're an American) to apply for a part time position at the same hotel my girlfriend works at. It would be nice to see her even when I'm at work, but I'm bored of bar-work too. Maybe it'll be something I've never done before.
I'm going to take another look at my cover letter and CV with this new resolution in mind, and tweak it for some other places that I think I may like to work. If I'm lucky one of them will be hiring. I have believed for quite some time that this is the best way to get the job you want, and that businesses that always seem to have vacancies aren't worth working for. We'll see if it pays off, and that I won't have to take some think soul destroying for the sake of an income.
I'm trying to silver lining this and convince myself that taking a part-time job will be good, but I'm still hoping that someone with some cash to throw around will fall in love with my writing and finance my writing addiction. I had hoped that some of the friends I'd made while living in America would become patrons, but all of them have very good reasons why they can't even afford $1 per month.
I'm using Patreon.com to extend my reach. I got two pledges for $1 per month each from fellow writers, both of whom also have Patreon pages. I really should pledge them back, but Patreon takes a cut of each pledge, so it would be a negative sum if I did. It would work out better to sponsor me via a Paypal subscription.
Friday, 3 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
I was challenged by the rising Facebook star Chris Forbush to write a blog article about success. In fact, the challenge was open to anyone who read the post. What he actually said was:
As you can see I told him my life isn't a success story yet, which isn't entirely accurate. I've succeeded at quite a few things in life. I've survived school and several different jobs. During my not-so-successful marriage in the US, I learned that I was holding myself back and putting my own desires on hold. By the time I'd come back to the UK after my marriage crumbled, it didn't take me long to realise that I wasn't going to find success following a traditional career path.
When I was a child I couldn't make my mind up what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote about being a fireman, or a spaceman, a robot, or a wizard, a pirate, or a palaeontologist, an inventor, a scientist, or a knight. Even as an adult I would agonise over my life choices and write about ways I could achieve my goals and find happiness. It was only in the last few years that I realised I'd been a writer all along.
Even then I didn't take the plunge to becoming a full-time writer until this year. I came back broke so I moved in with my Grandparents. I was trying to hold down a part-time job to bring in some money while I wrote, but I found the work and the people I worked with to be exhausting. I didn't come home motivated or inspired. My mind was occupied with gossip and criticism. It wasn't worth it.
I'm lucky to have family that are able to support me while I make a real go of this. I can write and look for additional opportunities to get paid for my writing without having to worry too much about keeping a roof over my head. I can't just kick back and relax, they're not made of money. I know that their budget has gotten a lot tighter because of me. My next 'success' will be when I start to receive paychecks for the stories I have submitted and will yet submit.
It would also be nice if I had a few more paying subscribers to my blog, but so far my attempts to encourage followers to pay even £1 per month have fallen flat, but I'm still determined to make this work. So in addition to writing and looking for publications that pay for submissions, I've created a version of my Wordpress website in Blogger and I'm also going to share my work on Patreon, Wattpad and CoPromote to try and increase my exposure. This should dramatically increase the chance that clients and patrons will find me.
I will, of course, continue to share every article I write on Facebook and Twitter also. Including every future entry of the Sci-Fi story I'm writing, Hermes925. If you like Sci-Fi (with a little fantasy and dystopia thrown in), feel free to read the story from the beginning via the Wattpad page or the Wordpress Page. If anyone can tell me how to add 'next page' and 'prev page' on Wordpress, I'd love to hear from you.
In addition to spreading myself across the internet as far as I can think of right now, I've also submitted a short Ghost Story to a publication which won't want it published elsewhere if they accept it (so read it while you can), an ezine called Diversions from Drudgery is going to serialise Hermes925, and I'm working with a team of writers to produce short stories to include in the sourcebook for a futuristic roleplay game.
I have quite a few irons in the fire, and I honestly feel that success is just a matter of persistence and time. Though, for the sake of my family and my girlfriend, I hope it's sooner rather than later. If you'd like to help us, you can either subscribe via small monthly payments, make a single larger donation, commission me to write you a story, impart your expert advice, or share my work with those you think would appreciate it. I'd be very grateful no matter which of the option(s) you choose.
In the meantime, I'm going to keep working toward my goal every day. I hope to begin reaping the fruits of my labour soon, but I expect there'll be plenty of anxiety and disappointment on the way. I'll try to avoid them by talking to readers, publishers and other writers to learn the secrets of success. I'm looking forward to hearing from you, for any reason you like, but particularly if you can help me achieve my goals.
Thank you for reading, and have a great day! :)
Sunday, 19 February 2017
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