It also gave me time to focus on my goals. You may have noticed I'm a woman who likes to have a plan. Since I started this blog I have set myself goals to try and achieve. Last year I wrote updates but this year I decided to concentrate on the novel. It's meant I'm a little behind but I'd much rather get the novel finished.
|The TTD List - A few more items to go!|
I can't tell you how excited I am about this as it will free me up to start on numerous writing projects. For now the focus remains on the current WIP for submission to the New Writers' Scheme.
I realise I am very lucky to be in a position to do this and it is only because I have a wonderful husband who fully supports me. It is not something I advocate for every writer. I am not published novelist and I do not an agent (yet!) so it could be seen as a foolish move BUT...
- I took a massive drop in salary when I left my job in physiotherapy for health reasons. It was a decision born out of necessity but it has taught me how to live on a very low salary.
- The drop in my hours and salary is a very small one compared to last time and my outgoings are now significantly less to make up for it. I wouldn't do this if my finances weren't sorted.
- For me, this is very much like returning to University. I consider this whole process to be a learning curve and even though I can't afford a University course I'm treating it exactly the same. A lot of self-directed study.
- I couldn't work harder at this if I tried. I found it a struggle when I started out but now I squeeze writing in at every given opportunity. Having the extra time will mean lots more writing and re-instating occasional housework and socialising.