Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Which Way?


I'm at one of those places where I have to make an uncomfortable decision. As many of you know, I like to write books. It's fun and as long as you can get your behind in a chair and your fingers on a keyboard, it's not all that hard. Well, not that hard compared to being a killer bee remover, a skyscraper window washer or a deep sea fisherperson. Unfortunately, for most of us, it takes awhile (if ever) to be a lucrative way to make a living.

I also do internet freelance writing. Again, not the hardest job in the world (see above), but a bit taxing on the old cerebral cortex if done for more than four hours a day. This particular job also makes the prospect of sitting down and writing fiction at the end of a long day less than appealing. Work was slow recently, hubby is making good (if long-distance) money and because of that I'm doing solo kid-wrangling a lot deal of the time, so I decided to take a month off of the freelance writing. It was great. I felt less stressed, I got a good chunk of my revision for the (hopefully) next book finished and got to read some actual books written by other people at the end of the day.

Now my freelance clients are ramping back up again and I'm trying to decide whether to go back to it or not. I feel like I really need to focus on my career in fiction, but it is very hard to pass up real money that appears every month in my freelance account. Guaranteed rewards now, or possible rewards later?

So hard to know...

On this date: In 1982, Cats debuted on Broadway.

4 comments:

Julie_c said...

Is it possible to cut your freelance work in half? Maybe work freelance MWF or TR? Then you can have more time for your awesome fiction writing career but still get some money each month. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?

cynjay said...

I've done that, and it works to a point, but it's the feeling of always having work hanging over my head that is a big distraction. Now, when I become independently wealthy...

Julie_c said...

...you're gonna fly me and the rest of the LitWits out to sunny Cali so we can sit by your pool and flirt with the cabana boy! ;)

cynjay said...

Deary, there will be more than one cabana boy...