a Day's Work
How I support my Writing Habit
Quit Your Day Job
The above is a saying that I've
heard so much since I started writing, that I've taken it to heart.
Behind this saying is the basic dictum that the vast majority of writers
cannot make a living wage off their writing. There are some who can,
but--face it--we can't all be Steven King or Tom Clancy.
So, in order to support one's
writing habit, one must work a regular job. Regular jobs can be
varied, boring, exciting, strange, ordinary, hateful, enjoyable, and
whatever other modifier you want to throw at them.
Regular jobs I have known
- Library Page.
I worked my way through college working in both college and local city
libraries. Sounds like a great job for a writer, right?
Think again. I almost spent more time checking out the books in
the stacks than I did doing what I was supposed to be
- Electronics Assembly.
I worked in both unskilled and skilled areas in semiconductor and PC
Assembly for over a decade, starting as a trainee, and ending up as a
Technology. ISO9000 Consultant/technical
I got into this area from Quality Engineering. I worked with
over a dozen companies in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, helping
them document their processes, set up their internal audit systems
(and a handful their document control systems), helped train internal
audit teams, as well as key staff on corrective and preventive action
- Software technical
support. For lack
of another job, I got into this area. Worked with customers who
not only had software problems, but also customers who had problems
using the software. This type of work has its ups and downs, the
ups coming when one receives boxes of candy or other goodies from
extremely grateful customers you have helped.
Small company, not many people, and me being one of only two (besides
a senior programmer) who could repair or trouble-shoot a
computer. Purchased, set up, repaired, and maintained corporate
PCs, corporate LAN/server, customer support database, corporate
website, and dealt with ISP used by company when Internet
problems reared their ugly heads.