When people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I’m a writer.” And that’s true. I consider myself very blessed to be able to do what I love to do and make money doing it. Writing is, in fact, how I earn most of my income. But it’s certainly not enough on which to support my family (fortunately, my husband gets that huge responsibility and my income goes to pay for extras and “fun stuff”). However, even though it feels like I freelance full time, I have also held a job at a children’s consignment store two days per week for about eight years now.
I have lots of friends who are authors. Many who are multi-published. But guess what? Most of them don’t earn enough from their writing to justify quitting their day jobs. Most have either part or full time jobs outside of writing and authoring. Sure, there may be a handful who “strike it rich” or can live comfortably on their writing income. But the rest of us will earn just enough to maybe take our family to Disney World or buy new living room furniture. Which means we need to work at a regular job to take home regular paychecks to pay the regular bills.
So my question for you this week is: what is your Day Job? What do you do while you’re waiting for the big break in your writing career? How do you earn money while you pursue your passion of becoming published?