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The Author’s Lifestyle

The Author’s Lifestyle

Now, while I’ve written a couple of posts in the last few days, they’re also the first posts I’ve written in a month. And I’m not gonna lie, I hadn’t planned on taking that much time off from here. But I also wanted to show you what I was doing, and give you an idea of just what kind of life is possible when you’re a professional author.

The view from my apartment in Dubrovnik.

The thing is, sometimes when you work full time as an author, you get caught up in the “grind”. I know I do. Write, release, rinse, repeat.

And sometimes, when you’re just starting out and you’re not making a living with your writing yet, it seems like an endless road.

Well, most of my posts are informational. That’s the goal. But this one, this one’s completely motivational. I want to show you what’s possible with writing. I want to show you the vacation I had, and the life it’s possible to lead.

To be honest, I have too much tying me to home to really go off and travel the world all the time. Family, of course, and my little doggie. I couldn’t bear to be separated from her full time.But I did just spend two weeks travelling around Florence, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. My husband and I would go out during the day, then we’d come back in the late afternoon and I’d do all my writing work at night. I didn’t have the time to write the posts for the blog that I wanted to, but I did have a fairly successful novel launch during that time that’s already paid for the whole trip.

This is all stuff that writing has paid for. I went on holidays and came back with more money than when I started. What other job can you have where you can say that? I can’t think of a lot of them off the top of my head, and I certainly can’t think of any that I’d be qualified for. Writing affords us the most amazing opportunities. When you’ve been doing it full time it’s easy to take it for granted, and when you’re new it’s easy to feel like it’s an impossible challenge, but I promise you – it is not. I was in your shoes once. Four years ago I pressed publish on my first ever story. I made something like $8 that month.

A year later I was pulling in a full time income.

Now, I can travel the world at will. I’m thinking of going back to Europe in October, we’ll see.

But here are a few photos that show how writing has changed my life. Just think of how it can change yours.

The view from my apartment in Florence

Ljubljana – the most underrated city in Europe in my opinion.

Also Ljubljana

Me enjoying the Slovenian countryside.

Predjama Castle in Slovenia

Enjoying Lake Bled, Slovenia

The view of the old bridge from the restaurant where we had lunch in Mostar, Bosnia.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Panorama of the view from our apartment in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This is where Game of Thrones films a whole lot of their stuff!

If this post inspires you to keep writing, well, I have done my job.

Until next time,

Liv

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