Working To Work

A short piece here on the necessity for most novelists (or poets, playwrights, and essayists) to work a paying job in order to support that task at which they’re actually good.

To the lengthy list of writers who’ve written compelling works while laboring at jobs they disliked or hated, we should add Herman Melville (see “Bartleby, the Scrivener”) and poet Charles Bukowski, who absolutely hated any kind of labor that wasn’t directly related to putting words on paper.

Count me in that large group of writers who have the goal of one day earning enough money from my writing to quit the paying job I now have and write full time.  In fairness to the reality of things and to myself, however, I would be content if my writing could eventually be a mere supplement to the day job.


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