By Pamela Moeng
Those of us with a day job constantly daydream about that nirvana in the just-out-of-reach future when we will chuck the day job misery for the bliss of writing full time from home. But today I realised one of the true blessings of the day job is a constant community of peers to cheer you on, commiserate with you and lift you with advice that assists your professional development. I attended a workshop of other communicators, reluctantly because it took valuable time from the office, but I left inspired, uplifted and feeling the warmth of kindred spirits.
I guess the hardest part of writing full time in a home office could be self-imposed isolation. I'm just beginning to create a network of other writers to advise and cheer me on and I can feel the difference in my spirit already. I think before one quits the day job for nirvana, one should build up that network of cyber support if not warm bodies that can sit over coffee and offer technical advice and stories of how-I-did-it-and-succeeded.
Following other writers' blogs, signing up for credible free ezines, tapping into sites designed especially for writers and editors can all help create a support structure without walls for those days when spirits flag and success seems unattainable, whatever you perceive success to be for you.
Reaching out may not be in character for you, but reaching out could mean the difference between success and failure. Certainly misery loves company, so if you are struggling with some aspect of writing or running your writing business, you may learn from others in the same situation. You might also decide that your situation is not as bleak as you think once you speak to other writers.
What do you think? Any suggestions for those thinking of making a leap of faith toward nirvana?