T.S. Eliot was a banker.
William Carlos Williams was a doctor.
Wallace Stevens was an insurance lawyer.
Toni Morrison was an editor and teacher.
Not every great writer made their living as a great writer.
There’s something to be said for going to work everyday. It puts you in touch with other people. It shows you teamwork. It gives you experiences to analyze. It gives your brain something else to think about while your great book is stewing in your head.
Yep, you may not get to spend as much time writing as you’d like. But really, if you were given free rein, how much would you actually, actually write? I’m not talking about Facebook prep time. Or clicking on Twitter links. I mean new words on the new page.
Point is, you wouldn’t do it as much as you think. You’d procrastinate, because I know you. I’m a writer, too. I know what we do.
Having a compressed amount of time forces you to focus. To get stuff done.
Get a job. It’s worth it.