Friday, February 3, 2012
Why do we Writers need a Day Job?
Many people assume that as writers we are flooded with advances and royalty cheques. But that’s not the case with all of us. For most of us in
, there is no question of
advance, very few publishers endorse that, for most it’s a royalty at the end
of each financial year. And we do gasp when we see the royalty cheques; gasp
more in shock than surprise. India
A writer’s life comes with its fair share of frustrations and a lot of struggle, that’s why it becomes important for writers until they make it big to cling on to their day jobs or atleast have a part time job. This assures a regular income and security while one is struggling to establish a writing career.
Money is indeed a great boost to a struggling writer’s ego and self-respect. Atleast one aspect of life is taken care of while we struggle to establish our writing careers.
The regular day job also diminishes the frustration that our writing career throws up as we are assured that atleast we have a job and there is money in our bank account and that we are not spending time pursuing a career that’s just not taking off. Just imagine the scenario if writers were to live solely on the income provided by their writing. It would be one stressed human, tearing his or her hair out and struggling financially.
How important do you think a day job is for writers? Do you think having a steady job helps a writer. Ofcourse with a day job there is less time for writing, but the financial worries and fears are taken care of in a big way and there is also the option to leave the jobs whenever our writing careers take off. What are your views on this? Please share your opinion with us.