Here’s something you might not know about me – especially if you don’t know me. I’ve been itching to be a full time writer for about seven years. I’ve been writing for my whole-entire adult life, about 20 years to be less vague. Stuff I’ve written include spec television scripts, short films, one-act plays, standup comedy, sketch comedy, and even educational content for an online university. I’ve enjoyed it all, but there wasn’t enough paid work to necessitate quitting my day job. Of course, a large part of the reason that there wasn’t much paid work was due to the fact that I never really pursued paid work. I mostly just wrote whatever the heck I wanted to write for pleasure or to enter into competitions and festivals.
Then, last year, my wife who had been a kick-ass stay-at-home Mom to our twins for three years received an offer to return to her marketing and PR career. It was a dream job for her and she was stoked about doing it. So, we made the decision to trade places. She would return to the workforce and I would get the opportunity to do something that I never thought in a million billion trillion years I’d ever have the chance to do – be a stay-at-home Dad to our three-year-olds. I’m pleased to report that the three of us are still alive and doing well, and my wife is rockin’ her new job.
Cut to this fall: The twins start preschool (we were going to start them last year, but I was selfish and decided that I wanted a year with them before I had to give them up for part of the day). I still want them all to myself, of course, but they are turning four soon, we want them to have a year of preschool before they start kindergarten, and so this is happening. The upside is that it means I’ll have time carved into my schedule when I can write with regularity, plus whatever amount of sleep I’m willing to give up to write (which is when I write, now).
So, here’s the plan… I’m going to make a real go of it! Presently, I’m putting the finishing touches on a children’s book and have two more in the works. I have tentative plans to write an hour-long drama spec. Oh yeah, and I started a blog (it’s called “Super Eclectica” and it’s really great – you should totally check it out. I wrote this one piece about how I’m launching my writing career. It’s poignant and powerful. Real Rocky Balboa, root for the underdog kind of stuff). I’ll also be applying for freelance writing gigs.
So, I’m jumping in with both feet. I’ll write until my fingers are nubs and then tape Lego Duplos to the nubs and keep on writing until I make it. When the time comes that we planned for me to rejoin the workforce I will have to not-to, because I will be writing full time and earning enough money for my wife and me to reach our financial goals.
Can I do it? Stay tuned and find out!