1. Ehdom
    Offline

    Ehdom New Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Michigan

    Day jobs -- Do you write for a living?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Ehdom, May 23, 2008.

    Hey folks.

    I'm sure a lot of us dream about being able to live of our writing. Unfortunately for most of us, though, I believe this isn't often the case. That being said, does anyone here make money off their writing? Perhaps even enough to skip the "day job" entirely?

    I personally haven't tried to sell any of my material yet, as I considering this time of my life to be one for refining my skills, but I have been making a decent amount of money (and hits-- 530,000, yay) doing simple things like drawing on napkins. Still nothing to live off of, but it's a start.
     
  2. mammamaia
    Offline

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,014
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    i'm curious... how do you make money by drawing on napkins?

    as for making money with writing, in my old life, i charged [and was paid] up to $150/hr as a writing consultant, made bits here and there as a magazine columnist and editor, or selling a story, ad copy, or whatever now and then... it never paid the mortgage, because most of my time was devoted to the concurrent full-time jobs of being a single mom, running an upscale rooming house and writing my own books, plays, screenplays, et al....
     
  3. lordofhats
    Offline

    lordofhats Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    Messages:
    2,023
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    The Hat Cave
    i'm a mover, so I spend 8-10 hours carry heavy objects. I also bag at the grocory store XD.
     
  4. LibbyAnn
    Offline

    LibbyAnn Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Messages:
    558
    Likes Received:
    6
    Wedding photographer here...I'd love to eventually be able to write for a living, though I must admit that my "day" job is pretty awesome!
     
  5. Xyphyx
    Offline

    Xyphyx Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2008
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Manteca, CA
    Corn wet miller. I think it'd be interesting to write for a living. But then - I've got some great benefits where I work...

    -Xy
     
  6. Kaij
    Offline

    Kaij Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Somewhere I don't want to be
    I've got two jobs.

    Sundays and Thursdays, I work at a pet store. Superpetz. 4-5 hours a day, mostly.
    Tues-Wed-Fri-Sat, I work at a newspaper factory. I'm in the packaging department there. Usually 10 hours. 9 am - 7 pm.

    Since it's something I love, I think I'd like a go at writing for a living maybe one day. But that day won't come for a while, I'm sure.
     
  7. Gannon
    Offline

    Gannon Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,977
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    Manchester, England
    I work for Shell the oil and gas company currently in business improvement / change management / projects sphere for the HR dept - I don't hate it and it certainly pays the bills
     
  8. FantasyWitch
    Offline

    FantasyWitch Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    403
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Scotland
    Student!!!

    :D
     
  9. Charisma
    Offline

    Charisma Transposon Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Messages:
    2,704
    Likes Received:
    142
    Location:
    Lahore, Pakistan
    I'm a student and am not planning for summer jobs. Not ever ever.

    But on the bright side, I'm always going to keep trying to get published. Probably not my source of income, but just personal satisfaction.
     
  10. schrei
    Offline

    schrei Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Scotland.
    Student :love: I would love a summer job through.

    I would also love to make money via my writing actually.
     
  11. Aurora_Black
    Offline

    Aurora_Black Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2008
    Messages:
    627
    Likes Received:
    10
    Aw man I wish i could write for a living, but then there is always that question if writing nearly 5000+ words per day won't fry your imagination box. I know i'd disintigrate after a month or so. For now i guess i'll stick with construction. :D
     
  12. lessa
    Offline

    lessa Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,917
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    Fantasy land
    I am not employed outside the home.
    I do write for sanity's sake.
     
  13. bspoke
    Offline

    bspoke New Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    My nine to five is a boring old warehouse job but it pays the mortgage. For the last few years though I have been making money on the side as a freelance automotive journalist - not enough to retire on but it pays a few bills.

    I am currently working on getting a full time position within one of the publishing houses I freelance for so maybe one of these days I will make a living from writing!
     
  14. silverfrost
    Offline

    silverfrost Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    1
    I just graduated from college and I'm currently looking for a full-time job. Unfortunately, whatever I find is not going to be in my field, seeing as my majors were music and psychology. Good luck with that, eh? :rolleyes:

    I would love to write for a living, of course...
     
  15. Al B
    Offline

    Al B Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    176
    Likes Received:
    10
    Kind of wierd in my case job-wise.

    I work doing three different jobs (all of them freelance, although some of them so regularly, they are almost like a full time job in some respects) One, I train people in several subjects, design, artwork production, and creative writing; two, I actually do design work myself; three, I work as a writer too.

    You can imagine the fun I have with people trying to pigeon hole me as far as 'what I do' counts.

    Al
     
  16. Cicero
    Offline

    Cicero Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2007
    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Mississippi, USA
    I am a student, and I work at Pizza Inn. Good times.
     
  17. Tyunglebo
    Offline

    Tyunglebo Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2008
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Frederick County, Maryland
    I make a small supplemental income with my writing. I do ghostwriting of letters and speeches, mostly. Sometimes something else, but those things are the bulk.

    I have a website on that if anyone is interested. Just PM me.

    I would like to find a job where writing was the base...but my network sucks.
     
  18. starrynight89
    Offline

    starrynight89 Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Messages:
    182
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    D.C Area
    Student. Currently hoping I get a summer job at this healthcare billing facility but I would love to write for a living. *sigh*
     
  19. Kit
    Offline

    Kit Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,001
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Nottinghamshire
    I'm a full time student and I also work part-time at Comet, which is an electrical retailer.

    Thursday 5 - 8
    Friday 5 - 8
    Sat 11 - 6
    Sun 10 - 4

    Up until about three weeks ago I also worked as a dinner lady at my local school, but I gave that up for exam revision time...
     
  20. Milady
    Offline

    Milady Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I don't have a liscense... so I don't have a job. *sigh*

    I'm hoping to eventually get a day job like editing or critiquing, so I can get paid to do what I do here.
     
  21. HookshotManiac
    Offline

    HookshotManiac Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Virginia
    I'm a weekly contributor to SLAM's Online Magazine, and for a few of its actual six magazines that are on newsstands six times a year.
     
  22. RomanticRose
    Offline

    RomanticRose Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    491
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    New Mexico
    100% of my income comes from writing of some sort. Romance novels, niche erotica, freelance newspaper/magazine articles, newsletters -- basically anything someone pay me to write.

    The general fiction is my spare time work. Hopefully it will soon contribute to my financial well-being.
     
  23. NaCl
    Offline

    NaCl Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    1,855
    Likes Received:
    58
    Thirty one years in a field I hate...insurance. But I own the company and it brings in plenty of money for me to indulge all my other dreams. It's kind of like the goose that lays the golden egg, only the goose's disposition sucks, but I sure do like those golden eggs!

    I also spent the past fifteen years writing articles for a bass fishing magazine, including feature articles and ghost writing for a Hall-of-Fame member. But, the income for such writing did not even come close to my lifestyle needs so it was done primarily for fun.
     
  24. mammamaia
    Offline

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,014
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    rose... is that '100%' enough for you to live on independently, or do you live with parents or whatever?

    and do you write for harlequin or any of the other major romance imprints?
     
  25. RomanticRose
    Offline

    RomanticRose Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    491
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    New Mexico
    mammamaia,

    It lets me live a completely independent, one-bedroom apartment, one car, kind of lifestyle.

    I recently married (another freelance writer), but we still maintain separate apartments (across the hall from each other) because getting one larger apartment would quadruple our current combined rents.

    My psuedonym is a Harlequin one.
     

Share This Page