I love to write. Lots of people do. In fact, expressing ourselves in prose and poetry is more than just for enjoyment, it’s almost a neccessity.
So why aren’t we all quitting our jobs and writing for a living? The same reason that stamp collectors have a day job: a career in it doesn’t pay!
I read somewhere that a full-time novelist has to wrote four moderately-selling novels a year just to live at the poverty line. That’s heavy output, especially if you’re considering a writing career over several years and decades.
Although the threat of poverty could give you the impetus to write, the stress of having to produce so much or starve could ruin the enjoyment of writing. I’d rather relax and let the words flow freely, secure in the knowledge that my neccessities are covered by a steady income stream.
I also find that when you work full time you appreciate what little time you have to write. You can’t afford to put it off. Over lunch, on the bus, after dinner, whenever it is, you put more quality into the hours allotted.
Once you’re published, your colleagues will support you and hopefully buy your books. And if you don’t like your job, writing can be great therapy!
So keep your day job and use it to your best advantge. At least until that first breakthrough novel.
Richard S. Todd is a Canadian author and blogger. Subscribe to this blog and never miss an update!