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Why I Like My Job So Much

The job for a writer is a good one, a great balance of creativity and doing, and a chance to use creativity on the job. I’m lucky: I got hired by a really good publisher and am on my way to writing a book, so I can write about how it feels or how I feel doing my job.

I get to write about my writing career without being judged about what I write and I get to do it in my hometown, so it’s an incredible privilege. Writing the book will be very nice. As for the experience, it’s been really easy to write well at my job. People know they can trust what I write; that’s why it’s easy for me to come to my job every day. I have a strong editor helping me, I have a good assistant, I work with writers with a lot of different styles, and I feel like I’ve always had a lot of support and encouragement, which is why this is the easiest thing I’ve done so far.

One thing a lot of freelancers can’t explain to someone who’s just starting out is that not everyone is motivated to be good or can be good the first time they try. Maybe you start out and think ‘I could go on for weeks and do this at my job but I’m too embarrassed’, or you’re scared that you’ll fail at your job. So you start writing but never put any of it out.

So, for a lot of freelancers, the first years are the hardest years. There are things to learn but if you’re afraid you won’t succeed, you don’t put out much in your first books. You could be right about that, maybe you’re too insecure, maybe you don’t want it bad enough, or maybe you don’t know what you don’t know. But I think we have to get over the fear of failure, and put out work that we love to keep going.

This brings me to my first advice: don’t get discouraged, or worried, if you have to quit your job.

The reason why most of us get our jobs is because we want to have time to write. Writing is such a luxury that most people can’t afford. This doesn’t mean that we should quit a job before working on a book. It isn’t necessary, and it doesn’t even mean that we should go as far away from the job as we can afford. If you have to do it, at least write enough so that you can always get back.

This is the first and only advice I’m going to give you, because that’s all I’ve ever done, but it was the hardest: quitting. I’m in one of those jobs where I’ll be around from nine in the evening to six in the morning. If ever I start to feel like quitting, then I’ll just do another book, because I know I’d be bored if I could stop writing. But you need to get your ass out of a job that is limiting. You need to see if you still like it enough or if you’d still be happy to put in the hours.

There are many books written about this, and for example I read ‘If You Are Not Our Stranger’ by John Green, and it’s one that I really like because it talks about the importance of self-discovery. You need to see things you have never seen before. But it also talks about it being so hard to find a job like this one. If it’s hard to find a job when you find the thing that you love, then there is something wrong or broken in your life. You need to figure out what is broken and fix it, but you don’t have to quit your job if it’s too bad, just figure out what the problem is and fix it. 

The best time to do this is right after you start to feel like quitting, because that’s where you find out how bad it really is. You need to be able to fix it, because you would lose all that you already have. This is why I think it’s so important to quit a career once you find a thing you love and you can continue it full-time.