Yup. I said it. There are (a few) things I like about NOT writing full time. I randomly thought of this yesterday while watering flowers. And here are my reasons why.
Writing is NOT my source of income. I work full time as a nurse. And I enjoy it (most of the time). Having a job not related to writing takes any and all pressure off of sales. I don't have to worry about pushing my books, begging for reviews (honestly, it kinda annoys me when I see authors asking over and over and over for people to write reviews because it helps sales), or writing in the 'hot' genre in hopes of getting my name out there. I know how hard it is for many authors to financially make it. And I don't want to make it seem like I'm all about money, but it's kinda hard not to in this day and age. I like NOT worrying about bills and having the means to go out and do fun things. And this ties in with reason number two...
I write because I want to. I LOVE writing. Not having the pressure to write to pay the bills makes me enjoy writing even more. It never feels like a job to me. I write because I want to.
It's great stress relief. When I've had a long day at work, coming home and being able to write is always something to look forward to.
Not a long list, I know, but it's enough to make me grateful (on some days) to have another job. But there are many, many days when I think that staying home in my jammies or sitting out in the sun with my laptop beats getting dressed and being on my feet for 8 or 9 hours. And now that our daughter will be here in a matter of days or weeks (PLEASE be days!!) being able to be a stay at home mom who also writes full time sounds very appealing.
So maybe someday I will hang up my stethoscope and sit at the keyboard full time, and I'd be very happy about that. Though, I really do like being a nurse. I like taking the time to help people. I like making people feel better. I like knowing that taking care of a patient in turn takes care of their families, and just that little 'thank you for taking care of my dad/mom/brother/sister/wife' is more than worth it. Maybe someday I will write a post on all the reasons I love being a full time writer. Only time will tell. :)