Not me personally, of course. But the more I’ve spoken to people about what I’m currently doing with my life, the more I’ve heard people say “Oh yes, that’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but (INSERT EXCUSE HERE).” Is this you? If so, then you do know me, because I was exactly like you. I would like to show you how I am choosing to not make excuses anymore and actually be what I want to be. If that inspires just one person to do the same thing, then I think this blog will be worth it.
There are things I’ve always wanted to do, such as maintain a blog (I swear I’ll make a second post for my street photography blog one day), lead a minimalist lifestyle (anyone who knows me would think that’s an outright lie), and write fiction. In fact, most of all I’ve always wanted to write fiction.
However, these were all things that I could do later. Maybe on a weekend I could look at really starting a blog. During annual leave I could look into purging some belongings to be more ‘minimallist.’ And the writing? Well, I can dabble at that during spare time on days off. It would be nice to do for a living, but surely that’s for lucky people. For me it’s just a dream.
Well … I just quit my job to follow my dream.
Okay, I didn’t really quit my job entirely. I did step down from a management position to a casual position at that same company. I guess a more accurate statement would be: “I just took a massive pay cut to have more hours to write.”
I’m going to write fiction.
I’m going to publish it myself.
And I’m going to make a living from it.
There we go, I’ve said it. Now that I’ve just laid it out there, it kind of doesn’t seem like as big of a deal as I thought it would (or maybe it seems like an even bigger deal).
I wish that I could say that I woke up one day and thought: “today is the day that I turn my life around and become a writer,” but I didn’t. I wish that I could say I had a moment of pure inspiration that made me pull out a notebook and start penning my first novel. It didn’t happen like that at all.
What I’m going to do now is point you at a blog post. It wasn’t the first thing I read on my journey, but it was the beginning of my inspiration and it’s what I’m living now. You may have already read it; it has been around for a while. If you have, read it again. You can find it at http://johnnybtruant.com/the-universe-doesnt-give-a-flying-fuck-about-you/
It was about six months ago that I read that post for the first time. It’s what got me from where I was then to where I am now. I guess what’s important to point out is that I’m not writing this blog from the point of view of someone who has had success in self publishing – this is a live account of how I go, week by week, as I follow my dream.