Throw reality out the window for a few hours, and dream. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? Why aren’t you doing that job? Could you do it part-time? Does it require a degree or qualification that you don’t have? If so, is there anyone who has gotten around that requirement? Think a little crazy. There are professional doll doctors.
Don’t just think outside the box. Forget the box exists. Write it all down. And when you’re dreaming, dream of day-to-day details. If you think to yourself ‘I’d like to be a writer,’ and what comes to mind is your name on the cover of a book and maybe an interview on a talk show, you need to rewind. What do writers do? They sit and they write. For hours. Days. Years. They rewrite. They face rejection.
Even if you do write the great Anglo-Israeli novel and it is published, and your picture is on the back, and you are on the talk show—it’s the result of sitting and writing. And when the talk show is over, you need to go back to your computer and start again. Do you really want to write or do you just like the idea of being a writer? Whatever you’re dreaming of, try to find out what people in that profession actually DO all day.