The lovely Lara from This Charming Mum is sharing her dream today. And with the passion she has, I have no doubt she’ll make it come true. Lara’s beautiful space celebrates books in a way that someone who is passionate about the written word would appreciate.
What is your most incredible dream?
I would like to earn a solid living from writing. I used to think that meant penning The Great Novel, but these days it’s more reasonable to assume it might come from regular article writing and commercial copywriting, and maybe my blog, in one way or another.
Do you think it’s attainable?
I currently earn a nice little part time income from my writing, but my dream is to make it a serious black-polo-neck-and-hipster-specs lifestyle. At present, I’m being held back from living the full fantasy of a writer’s life by the intrusion of things like loom bands and random socks into my home office. Not to mention the incessant chatter of little people reminding me to get over myself and lose the existential angst. Right now, writing is just one part of the bigger, chaotic, glorious thing that is being a Working Mum.
But, again, a ‘real’ writer nowadays is not a haughty intellect in a garret, but a busy multi-tasker with fingers in all kinds of networking pies. A ‘real’ writer can write on any topic at a moment’s notice and sell an idea. I’m learning how to do this broader kind of writing and I do think making it my ‘real’ job will be possible, eventually.
How long have you been holding onto this dream?
It sounds like a cliché, but it really has always been my dream. Trouble is, in my late teens I was lead to believe that literature and writing were things one only did as a hobby, not a job. I detoured via academia and librarianship, so writing has always been a part of my work, just not the main part. As a serious ‘let’s do this!’ dream, I’ve been working on it for about 3 years – since I left full time work to have my youngest child.
What will it take for your dream to become a reality?
Practice, practice, practice, schmoozing, and more practice.
Who are the people that encourage you the most?
My family; the various lovely people I contract to and write for at the moment; and everyone who leaves a comment on my blog!
Who inspires you, and makes you want to chase your dream?
There are lots of muses that come and go, but this week I’m going to randomly say Tara Moss! I’m reading her latest book ‘The Fictional Woman’ and have been reminded of the importance of women’s voices in the online space (amongst many other things).
Great book! Read it!.
Take a wander through Lara’s blog, and see how this hipster-to-be is working towards her dream. With a plan firmly in place, I’m pretty sure that dream is not so far away.