Those should I or shouldn’t I quandaries are well-known to us all. Should I take/quit this job? Would I make more money if I were a stripper?(Just kidding). Should I date the office clown? (Still kidding.) And we take a long time making up our minds on most of them.
A logical way to decide what to do is to make lists of good points and bad points. When you see your thoughts lined up in columns, the decision becomes easy. Sometimes I’ve found that all the points are in only one column. When I was Assistant Head of English in my high school, I did this and found all of the reasons to move on or not were in one column. The only thing in the ‘keep the job’ column was the prestige. Well, that wasn’t enough. I resigned the next day and moved on.
Here are my five best reasons to write my historical novel:
1. I love to put words on a page and take any chance I can to write.
2. Setting a giant challenge for myself really makes me alive.
3. I have the time, computer equipment and family support.
4. Seeing my very own cover sitting on my shelf delights me.
5. Research, both on the computer and by traveling to actual sites, is rewarding and just plain fun.
The deciding factor was my son saying “If not now, when?”.