Are you looking for a way out of teaching?
Maybe something you can start while you are still in the job?
What else can a teacher do?
Become a writer.
You can almost certainly write better than most people who are earning money from their writing online You have a good education, you hear all kinds of words used every day and you use a good many yourself. Most importantly you read and being a reader is essential if you are to become a good writer.
Different Kinds of Writers
Long gone are the days of traditional publishing where touting your manuscript to book publishers was your only option. Most writers these days follow an alternative career path, usually one that involves the Internet in one form or another.
The different kinds of writing you could do include:
- Articles for online or paper magazines
- Self publishing
- Greeting cards
- Traditional book publishers
Different Kinds of Content
Yes, if you have a novel you have been writing that is one possibility, but there are many more including:
- Text books
- Reference books
- Children’s books
Writing while Still Teaching
Nobody in their right mind gives up a job to start a new career as a writer. The sensible way to handle a career change is to do both for a while. And, yes, I know how little time you have left in your day because I have been there.
Why You Must Find the Time
Teaching is killing you slowly with its hours. The demands are impossible and you have no life outside your work. That’s no life at all! You need to start building an alternative career if you are to preserve your mental health.
How Can You Find the Time
There are 24 hours in your day and you just need to spend some of them on your new career. Something has to go. You just have to prioritise.
You might decide to watch less TV, spend less time on social media or just lazing around. You might choose to get up an hour earlier and dedicate that time to your new writing career. You might give yourself a jump start by attending a writing course or completing an online course.
Limiting Your Teaching Commitments
The nitty gritty of is that you need to spend less time on non-essential teaching tasks. I know that is going to be very difficult, especially when you are being hassled by subject leaders and other people whose jobs depend on making you spend time on paperwork.
Stop volunteering to do anything and just concentrate on teaching the students in your classes. When someone asks you to do something just smile and then forget about it. Let some other teacher give up their time at home to produce resources, tests and other course materials.
Deciding What You Want to Write
You need to analyse yourself and decide what kind of a writer you want to be. Is your motivation primarily creative? Do you still want to teach people, but through the written word rather than standing in front of a class? How urgent is your need for cash?
What about Money?
Some writing types have a shorter route to cash in your bank than others. The shortest is to write articles for an agency, followed by poetry, ebooks, blogging and fiction novel in that order. Most writers write short articles, as well as blogging or working on their novel as a compromise between their creative urges and the need for money to pay the bills.
What’s YOUR Action Plan?
No action plan means it won’t happen. Want help? Comment here and I will get back to you and set up a conversation where I can start to help you. I’ve been where you are and I know it isn’t going to be easy, but making a start and coming up with a date-linked action plan will make the transition to a full-time writing career possible.