I Quit My Job! You Should Too!

I don’t know very many people that get up in the morning, dress in their best, and skip to work because they are thrilled about what they do from 9 to 5.

I know there are some people out there with really cool jobs like the guy who rides roller coasters all day to “test” their aerodynamic soundness. Those few people aside, the vast majority of people I know drag themselves into work in the morning and are threatening to jump off the top of the building by lunch time.

Why? Because work sucks!

We torture ourselves every day to earn money to pay the light bill, buy groceries, and, for a lucky few, take the kids on vacation.

And this is why I’m telling you to quit your job!

But before you stand up, scream obscenities at your boss, and walk out the door, hear me out.

I recently stopped giving my “all” to my job. I woke up one day and resolved to keep my head in my 9 to 5 and my heart in the things I really love to do. It was a conscious effort at first because I didn’t want the quality or quantity of my work to suffer, but got easier as I went along. I learned how to do my job, do it well, leave it at work, and focus on me and the things I like to do.

It’s been two months and I have a book of short stories (getting the editing done is a whole different story), a plush, full garden (with tomatoes coming any day now), and two kids that enjoy their “cuddle time” with mommy after work.

WHAT?!?! I didn’t have any of this when I was pouring myself into my 9 to 5!

I was always told that if you work hard, you will be rewarded. What I had to learn was that you have to carefully define what “work hard” means to you and how to apply it to your personal and professional lives.

I quit my job and made my life richer! Don’t you want to do it too?

Pinocchio: “I’m a real writer I swear!”

 

I had plans to write this epic blog Monday morning about an article I came across a few days before.

But I didn’t.

I didn’t write it because my mind couldn’t focus on anything but the fact that it was 5 a.m. and I still hadn’t finished my first cup of coffee.

With my mind still in Never Never Land (the land between sleep and awake for those of you who don’t know), the thoughts of self-doubt began creeping in.

For the past month or so, I’ve been writing more and faster than I thought I could.

Hell, I’ve pumped out 12 short stories and of course I think they’re pretty good.

I came up with the brilliant idea of putting ten of them together and publishing a book of short stories. I got my manuscript together, sent it out to my beta readers, and then the doubt set in as I sat at my computer on Monday.

Can I really do this?

Am I really a good writer?

Will people like it?

I sat here staring at the walls, letting the feelings rush over me.

I carried it to work with me and went on about my normal day. I punched this key for that and that key for this. It sucked.

I talked to a few co-workers and everything was “normal.”

But out of the blue, a co-worker handed me a beautifully bound leather journal with the words “just keep writing” inscribed on the cover.

What the what! Was that the universe talking to me or what?

If that wasn’t enough, I got off of work to find the proof of another book I wrote sitting in my mailbox. While I was wallowing in my self-pity, I’d forgotten about putting the order in.

Just holding the proof in my hands made it all seem so real. It made me realize I can really do this.

I think all writers doubt themselves. It’s as much of a part of the process as picking a cover or editing.

Getting over that hump takes a brand of courage I don’t think many people can truly understand.

Needless to say, I’m back to pumping out writing like a book factory.

And it feels damn good!

 

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How to Beat Writer’s Block!

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I was on a roll for a minute there. I’d come home after work, sit at my computer, and pump out an entire short story in one night. Not sure what happened, but if the legend is true …

I’ve been stricken with writer’s block!

Dun, Dun, Duunnnn!!!

Doctors and scientists have been studying this phenomenon for centuries and there is still no cure on the horizon. Some will tell you to turn on music to get the juices flowing, while others suggest writing anything — anything at all. But those who are truly afflicted by this debilitating ailment will tell you none of these home remedies work.

What does a writer do? ß In my most dramatic voice.

To plot the course for the unblocking process, one must first be properly diagnosed.

Symptoms include:

  1. Being a sloppy, unfocused mess as you switch from the word document that should house your literary masterpiece to Facebook and back as you read the same posts you just read 10 minutes ago.
  2. Watching your favorite reality show and telling yourself you’re going to write on the commercial breaks.
  3. Obsessively staring at the blinking line in your word document, praying the Gods will reward you for your amazing attention span with some inspiration.
  4. Trying to avoid admitting you have writer’s block out of some irrational fear that it may make it truer (It’s already true!)
  5. Then getting pissed because you do have writer’s block.
  6. Taking 15 smoke breaks, or pee breaks, or water breaks, or whatever suits your fancy.
  7.  A general annoyance with life, hinged on the thoughts of “never getting this book done.”
  8. Getting groundbreaking, original ideas when in one of the following situations – a. stuck on the toilet with no toilet paper; b. sitting in a meeting at work; or c. picking up the kids from school – and then immediately forgetting them when you finally get to a piece of paper and pen.

If you have two or more of these symptoms, you have writer’s block.

Now that you’ve been properly self-diagnosed, we can move forward to the discussion of the cure, which is …

Oh, Sh*t! There goes that writer’s block again.

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