Paying the bills.

Haruki Murakami owned and operated a jazz club while he penned his first two novels. Raymond Carver was a janitor at Mercy Hospital. Anne Lamott taught tennis and cleaned houses. J.K. Rowlings was unemployed and lived on state benefits.

I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was a child. As an adult, I’ve done many things to buy the time to write. To pay the bills, I’ve been a newspaper carrier, a bookstore clerk, an English tutor, a creative writing instructor, a pet sitter, a freelance article writer, a dogwalker, and a proofreader. None of these jobs have been ideal, but they have bought me time to write.

What have you done to pay the bills and purchase time to work on your creative projects?


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