For me, writing is my break. Most of the time, anyway. I retreat from pretty much everything else that I have to do into my writing. The stories are where I make the world make sense.
As a full time Independent Author, you are going to be taking on multiple full time jobs. You will not only write full time, but also edit all of them, design the interiors and exteriors, and market them. That’s several full time positions at any major publishing house. Granted a publishing house will be dealing with multiple authors and you only have to worry about you. Still you can expect to spend upwards of sixty hours per week on all of this.
There are so many jokes about authors and cats. About people who have cats in general. It almost feels like a cliche to point out that I, too, have cats. And yet, when I think about it, only about half, maybe less, of my friends and acquaintances have cats, but well over 75% of my writer friends have or want cats. There must be something to it.
There are three really tough parts to any writing project.
One of the great myths of the creative arts is that of inspiration. How many starving artists are out there waiting for inspiration to start their next project? Too many. Really, if you want to be a not-starving artist, you can’t just wait for inspiration to find you. You are going to have to go out and find inspiration, or learn to work without it. I recommend the former.
In case you’ve managed to miss it, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). That is a bit of a misnomer in that there are writers all over the world sitting down in front of their computers, or with notebooks and pens trying to crank out 50,000 words in just 30 days. The “Novel” part is also a bit, shall we say flexible, as some of those writers are composing the first draft of their dissertations or memoirs or even new roll-playing systems. What ever it is that all of us writers are doing, it certainly isn’t hiding in the basement or attic to type away in solitude in the middle of the night.