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Giving up the Day Job

Posted by sallyhinchcliffe on January 19, 2008

Yesterday was my last day – I hope – as a full time employee. I realised a couple of months ago that it was no longer possible to combine my job with a writing career and do justice to both. Put like that, the choice was obvious. I have wanted to be a writer when I grew up ever since I was about seven and started writing my first book in a little Red-and-Black bound notebook. It has just taken me rather longer to grow up than I had expected.

So, today really is the first day of the rest of my life. I’m just hoping it isn’t all like this.

2 Responses to “Giving up the Day Job”

  1. Elizabeth said

    Sally, I’m thinking of you in your writerly days. Your book looks lovely and I am so looking forward to reading it.

    The thing I liked best about my writing days was just really getting to know London. I would write for a certain amount of time a day, but I couldn’t do more than five or six hours tops and I always had time to see the city. It’s absorbed into me now, so much so that I days when I am walking around my neighborhood in CT, I can instantly transport myself to Green Park in June or Maida Vale in February on a cold wet day. Or any day, standing along the platform at Oxford Circus Bakerloo line, where I stood so often, people watching.

    It’s hard to love London, and hard not to, isn’t it?

    Miss you and I hope you are well


  2. sallyhinchcliffe said

    Five or six hours tops? I’d like to insert some comment here about ‘is that all?’ but to be honest, three hours is a good day for me. Although I like to think that time spent wandering around London counts in some way… research?

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