I’m continuing the F.I.T.S. (Freelancer In The Spotlight) Series on Wording Well, and the “Freelancer In The Spotlight” today is Brian Morris, who is also an author!
Now please welcome Brian Morris to center stage. 😉
Take it away, Brian!
Focus On the Noose
“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson once said, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
But frequently, we don’t get that much warning.
A couple of years ago, I worked for a local utility company. One day, I was called into a meeting with the regional head of HR who told me what a terrific employee I was, what great knowledge I brought to the job and hoped that I could find another job where I could use 11 years worth of crazy mad office skills.
With the gallows looming (loss of income, loss of house, loss of a reason to put on my trousers every weekday), I knew it was time to go from part-time writing dilettante to full-time freelancing.
I liked the idea of a direct link between my efforts and my rewards and of being my own boss. The idea of not having to put on trousers or shave ever day was appealing too, but that’s another issue. Also, if I wrote some books, the books would sell online while I slept. The idea of a passive income stream was VERY appealing.
A couple of years later, I’ve now got a couple of books out, writing two more, waiting on one to be formatted and published, and working towards publishing another written by a friend. I also have a Facebook page where I encourage my friends to take up writing seriously and share information. Of course I do this with my copious amounts of spare time because at the time I’m writing this, I’m also moving into another time zone and trying to rectify everything I’ve neglected to take care of in the old home.