I have been wrestling with how seriously to take writing for awhile now. I go through fits and starts, long stretches of creativity and equal gaps of suckage. People write through mind numbing, sixty hour a week day jobs and my hat goes off to them but I've never been able to manage it. I can't keep my brain rolling forward with ideas when I have a desk full of paperwork and half a dozen sites to visit. The decision on whether or not to take more time away from a paying gig in hopes of turning writing into an equally paying gig is a difficult one. I'm in a situation now where I would be able to reduce my hours and still cover my bills with my present job but I wouldn't have much else.
So, I will be using the Clarion Write-A-Thon this year as a measure of how viable it might be. Not from a monetary perspective, but rather as a productivity factor. If I can consistently produce creative work at the stated minimum of 1,000 words a day, five days a week while maintaining my current workload it stands to reason that I can put out twice as much with less work on my plate. I would need to approach writing as a job, which would mean I couldn't work exclusively on creative stuff. I'd need to supplement my finances with article writing via a work-for-hire system like TextBroker or Elance. If I can get myself into a position where I write every day and make money consistently (no matter how little), I think I can put myself on a track to something better. Something that I'd genuinely enjoy doing.
Feel free to stick around and follow my progress.