So...my passion doesn't really pay. At least, not yet.
I've known since I was nine that I wanted to be a writer, specifically a fiction writer, more specifically a YA/fantasy or fantasy-ish writer. I have an English/Creative Writing degree, and I got very upset anytime a business/science major would get all snide and say 'enjoy working at Starbucks'. While I don't work at Starbucks, I do work in customer-facing customer service for a data/credit card company, and that is very much not what I want to be doing.
Most of the writing jobs I've found have either required very specific knowledge (medical, legal, etc) or are closely tied to social media marketing for retail brands. The first I don't have and the second I'm not wild about, because I just feel a little icky trying to use search-engine-optimized language to cajole people into spending Even More Money. The writing opportunities on places like Upwork were overwhelmingly ghost writing positions, which frankly I don't know enough about to feel the least bit comfortable with writing something that would have someone else's name on the byline.
I guess my question boils down to: what should I do? My current job takes up a lot of time and I have several other time-consuming responsibilities, and I don't really have a portfolio as such, in spite of writing forever. I'm looking into literary journals and so on, and that seems slightly more promising, but I just...feel stuck. I know what I want to do and I know I'm good at it, but I don't know what that looks like in reality, nor do I have a good way of estimating if it would pay me enough to keep me afloat. Absolutely any advice would be super appreciated!
This group is the creation of Professional Happyologist and Success Coach , Jackie Ruka. If you are asking yourself, it's time for a change in my life and maybe confused as to what to do next? Then this is the group for you.
The mental overload is exhausting yet the crave for wanting more of a life and a career that has meaning is umounting. You deserve to live a happy and fulfilled life.
The group offers vulnerability with confidentiality for women to ask questions, share ...Read more
Be kind and courteous. Everyone is experiencing something in life right now. No hate speech or snarky-ness. Please no promoting from coaches, consultants or other service based businesses in this group.