First I'll give the questions and then the answers:
1. DO I REALLY NEED TO WRITE FULL TIME TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
2. DO I REALLY WANT TO WRITE FULL TIME?
3. DO I HAVE A SENSIBLE FINANCIAL PLAN AND ADEQUATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES?
4. AM I PREPARED FOR THE LONG GAME?
5. CAN I FIND AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE?
6. AM I CUT OUT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?
7. WHAT’S MY PLAN FOR HUMAN INTERACTION?
8. DO I HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY?
9. ARE MY FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS SUPPORTIVE?10. WHAT’S MY PLAN B?
- MAYBE - I think I can be successful if I manage to become an archaeologist, but there are many levels of success. I would probably be disappointed in my life if I did not get a few books published and earn a significant part of my income from writing, but earning it all from writing would not be necessary for me to fell successful.
- YES - I do like the idea of writing full time. It is certainly a job I would enjoy immensely. I also see it as the only possible way I could make it rich. I don't really think it will make me rich, but none of the other things I think I could do would do it. At least this has a chance.
- NO - Financial plan, nope, don't got one of those. I think this is a deal breaker if you have a family.
- YES - I often imagine what life would be like as an author. I like what I see.
- YES - I'm already being carried under Mrs. Prop because I can and it is the most economical way for us to do it. I could just keep that up.
- MAYBE - I'm smart enough and I do like the idea of it enough. I think I'm disciplined enough, tax-wise and I'm good enough with self promotion, but I've never really been tested.
- YES - This isn't a yes/no question, but I can handle human interaction. I have a family and I would certainly keep up things like my volunteer work and clubs. There is no problem here.
- YES - I've done it before and I can do it again.
- MAYBE - Since I have no financial plan I'm sure they would think I'm crazy and Mrs. Prop would probably have me institutionalized, so right now I think it would be a temporary, "No."
- NO - I don't have one. I need the security of my corporate job and without big checks rolling in and more in the mail, I couldn't swing it. I wouldn't have a safety net and I can't work without one.