“Well… I’d pay off my parents’ house. Get each of my brothers a brand new car. I would buy this school a new roof, get every child here and IPAD and replace the playground.”
“But what would you do for yourself?”
“Oh that’s easy,” I replied. “I would quit this job. I would quit this job so hard.”
My coworker looked at me and laughed. “How would you do it?”
“MC Hammer flashmob,” I answered easily. Of course I had thought about this for a while. “I would have hundreds of gold parachute pants made, hire a choreographer and pay every employee in this district to learn the dance and at the end of it we’d all pose with our arms folded across our chests and yell STOP QUITTIN’ TIME.”
My coworker shook her head at me and said, “You know you’re crazy, right?”
“No, darling. They call rich people eccentric.”
Alas, I woke up Saturday morning to find out that I didn’t win the huge jackpot. BUT I had hit four of the six numbers which means I won a cool $150. Which is clearly not enough to hire a flash mob and quit my job ,which I do love by the way. All of this money talk got me thinking… If my writing career takes off, would I quit my day job?
Now I’m not talking about Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks or Stephen King money, but enough money to feed my shoe habit and make the bills. 640 million is certainly way more than most writers can ever expect to make and if I had won that money work would not be an issue because I would spend all of my time traveling or doing good things that people with loads of money should do.
But could writing alone fill my days? I really don’t know the answer to that. Probably not. I’m a single girl, no kids. My family lives an hour away and I actually like my job. Believe me at times it sucks but mostly its pretty cool, especially when kids who are now in highschool come back just to visit me. (Gag I feel old when they do that.) Right now my job fulfills me and writing is so solitary. Plus this girl likes her health care!
But my answer might change in a few years when I’m married with some babies of my own. Writing seems to be the perfect career for a busy mom. Write when the kids are at school, be home in the afternoons to do homework. Bring in money doing what I loved.
My answer might not be the same as yours. If you could do it …. if you could survive on writing alone would you quit your job? And if you would like to see what my flashmob dream looks like click HERE.
As always happy writing!