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How do you support your writing habit? What’s your ‘day job’?


How do you support your writing habit? Are you fortunate enough to be able to make a living writing full-time? Or do you rely on some sort of “day job” to pay the bills and write when you are able to fit it into a busy life?

I’ve done both of the above. Right now I’m fortunate enough to have the time to write full-time — and squeeze out a living while I’m waiting for the writing to pay off better.

At times, as have most writers, I’ve done a variety of full-time and part-time jobs. Once I applied (three times all together, actually) for a job working for a health insurance data company. Although I went through the application process, and even got an interview two of the three times, I wasn’t told until the third time I applied that they really were looking for people ALREADY trained or experienced in medical coding.

That was a decent job with good pay and benefits. I wish I’d had some sort of medical coding training courses to get the job. I also wish they’d made it clear that I needed that sort of training the two times I did get interviewed.

Ah, well. Life goes on.

So what are you doing for a “day job”? Or are you able to write full-time and make it work? Leave a comment and tell us about your adventures in supporting your writing habit.