When the recession hit our family in 2007, I wasn’t prepared for the depth of the fallout. I figured we would be back on course in a few weeks. Never did I expect to find us in the situation we are in eighteen months later.
I like to think of myself as a person who plans. No matter what the circumstances, I always have a backup plan. When my husband lost his job, I attacked all the job boards and called friends to network. He landed a 6 wk job bidding churches in SC. When we returned to Fl, my husband went on a few more interviews and finally found another temporary position.
Our fears increased so we activated his Contractor’s license and started our own company. He passed his Realtor’s license and found an office. I activated my sales license and started studying for my broker’s license. We pulled out all our experience and education and hoped and prayed one of us would make enough to survive this economic downturn.
As writers, we need backup plans too.
Disappointment from multiple rejections can hurt and leave scars.
I received another one yesterday and felt the same old tug to give up—the same tug my husband and I have felt over and over since he lost his job. The thought to sell our home at a loss and move back to our hometown becomes more real. But the drive that moved us to Fl eight years ago still survives.
Just like the drive to write. No matter how angry or hurt or sad I get, I know I can’t give up writing. So I need a backup plan. I always try to find another company to submit my works too. I might wait a week or so, but the plan is forming. I might have to rewrite and makes some major revisions—like Ido our resumes and career goals—but I can’t give up.
The damage from this recession isn’t going to go away overnight.
Neither will our insecurities about writing. Do you have a plan to survive it? Do you have the knowledge that no matter how hard it gets, you can do this? If you don’t, start working on it today!