Before I taught, I worked in marketing. My husband and I ran a mortgage company which we decided to sell at the beginning of the market decline. Holding a degree in English, I wanted to put my skills to good use. Thus, I embarked on a career in teaching.
At the time I was hired, demand was high. Many new classrooms popped up all over the county, anxiously awaiting a qualified teacher to bedazzle its walls with posters and children's work. I was hired for my job as a middle school Language Arts teacher through my first interview and began my career a short month later.
I dove head first into teaching, placing my lifelong dream of being a writer on the back burner. However, when my husband's company decided to move us from Florida to Arizona, I left my career behind to stay home with my children. Only then did I decide to dabble in writing once again.
Luckily for me we could survive on one income. I was able to learn as much about freelance writing as I could before I dipped my feet in its icy waters. Though I am still feeling my way around, I have a deep sense of satisfaction about making the career move.
For those who are currently teaching and would like to get into writing, I suggest moonlighting. Writing for small local penny saver papers, residual income based online writing, anything you can get your hands on in order to master your craft. I started on Ehow.com, textbroker.com, and now I write for hupages.com.
If writing is your passion, do it. You can't say that you are a writer if you never write. Wake up an hour earlier tomorrow, turn on your computer, and get those thoughts onto the screen. Even if you have so-called writer's block, work through it. Write ten great first lines, fifteen catchy titles, a descriptive paragraph about your favorite store.
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at your typewriter and open a vein."- William Wellesley Smith