March 3, 2013

Starve Better

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I’m trying to figure out my best path to success. Is it through freelance writing and translation gigs, working long hours but with the freedom to set my own schedule? Or is it through a safe and well-paid job that leaves evenings and weekends open for writing?

Option A stressed me out, and the long hours left little creativity for my own projects. Option B made me complacent and slow, leaving me with little push to drive my own deadlines.

So which do you prefer? Do you like to starve on your way to inevitable success, or risk the dangers of complacency in a safe and well-regulated office environment?

I don’t know which fits me better yet, and I’m definitely open for secret option C. Lay it on me!



  1. Lack of time and exhaustion are more difficult obstacles than complacency. 😉 Unless it’s Saturday morning… It depends on what drives you. Some people need resources to feel comfortable enough to be creative (and resources are nice when it comes to adding more experiences to one’s list). Some people like (?) to be forced into creativity (although personally, while I produce excellent results under pressure, I am miserable during the process, which makes it almost not worth it as I’m a fun-oriented person) by environmental stress. It’s not only underfunded, uncomfortable and desperate adventures that lead to inspiration. I think it’s equally possible to feel comfortable and relaxed and to produce extremely insightful creative products.

    Comment by Shinseiko — March 3, 2013 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

    • I hope you’re right, because right now I’m utterly comfortable. 😉

      I’m like you. When I’m under pressure, I produce. But I’m not happy while it’s going on. But lately, although I have been comfortable, I haven’t produced much. I’m trying to find a balance I can live with.

      Thanks for the input!

      Comment by nascentnovelist — March 3, 2013 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  2. Not sure what you mean by ‘success,’ but I assume you mean not starving, and you don’t look like you’re starving. A+B are things you’re going to do anyway, they have no real bearing on C, which is! Write. Whenever you feel it.

    Comment by lexborgia — March 3, 2013 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

    • 🙂

      By ‘success’ I mean ‘make a living off writing’. Just trying to get there as fast and as best I can.

      But yes! I shall write! (whether I feel like it or not.)

      Comment by nascentnovelist — March 4, 2013 @ 3:43 am | Reply

      • Man shall not live by bread alone! He surely wasn’t talking about women, and I never listen to him anyway.

        Comment by lexborgia — March 4, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

      • I should have a “like” button here somewhere. 😉

        Comment by nascentnovelist — March 4, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    • But I do like you, otherwise, I wouldn’t have spoken with you, and we’re still talking. Please read my Operations Manual(sub-space message[the like button]).

      Comment by lexborgia — March 4, 2013 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

      • I meant that I wanted to ‘like’ your comment. 😉

        Will check out the Operations Manual!

        Comment by nascentnovelist — March 5, 2013 @ 6:45 am

      • you just did. Be good. I’ll be back.

        Comment by lexborgia — March 5, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

  3. Right now I’m going with option B, only because it keeps myself and my family comfortable–no one gets the vapors when a bill comes in, and keeping a roof over our heads comes first. The only problem being evening and weekend time must-must-must be divided between having a life outside my office and writing and … *blah*. I’d kill for an option C because after spending a day crunching numbers, my mind is so not able to focus on adventures in Urban Fantasy.

    Comment by astreabaldwin — March 17, 2013 @ 10:07 am | Reply

    • I’m right there with you! After a day at the office, followed by the gym, there’re just not that many hours left in the day.

      We’ll just have to urban fantasy our way out of it: big name publisher! That’s my plan (or a plan, at least.)

      Comment by nascentnovelist — March 17, 2013 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

      • *headsmack* Yeah, the gym. I added that to my already packed schedule a few weeks ago. I have to relax to produce, so being out on sub right now and obsessively checking my email just added to the hair-pulling. The gym was a must to maintain my sanity.

        Comment by astreabaldwin — March 17, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

      • For me too. It’s how I turn my work-brain off and my writer-brain on. But the hours add up.

        Another plan C: get a benefactor. Where does one sign up for those these days? 😉

        Comment by nascentnovelist — March 17, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

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