Welcome to the Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
Is writing your only job?
>>>Trick question. My real job is being a wife and mom—that’s where most of my time/effort is spent (+homeschooling). But writing is the only thing I get paid for, so…
Technically it’s the only job I make money from (ha ha, make money from, that’s cute). Besides writing, I’m a homeschooling mother of three and which takes the vast majority of my time. Writing helps me get an escape when I need it so I can be a better mother and I love teaching my kids so it’s the perfect combination.
Julie Sondra Decker
I have been compensated for my writing but have yet to do so successfully enough to make a living at it, so I suppose it doesn’t count as my “real job.” (I undergo more stress and spend more time involved with my writing than I do with my day job, so it certainly feels more like a “real job,” but it is not how I actually make a living.) I work as a freelance editor and am a part-time administrative assistant at a transportation engineering firm. I do use my writing skills at the office on our proposals, but that’s not my primary function. I make a lot of copies and make a lot of coffee.
As a child I was consistent with my answer to the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question, though. I always said I wanted to be an author. I’ve written stories since before entering elementary school, and participated in a “Young Authors Conference” when I was only six years old.
Hand-drawn book cover from one of my first “books”:
Prompted “when I grow up” journal entry from fourth grade:
Drawing of my anticipated future:
My Young Authors certificate from 1984:
Writing is my real job. Not just novels, but I also freelance. I write articles on all kinds of topics, and have published work on Yahoo Shine, and Yahoo OMG, among others.
It’s a real job, but not my day job. I’m a public school teacher. I’ve been seriously writing for almost twenty years. I wrote my first novel when I was seventeen going on eighteen.
Yes. I worked in publishing for a long time and discovered I couldn’t work on other people’s books and mine, so I chose mine. I’ve been writing since about second grade, which is when I first began to be serious about it and circulated newsletters and stories for all the kids in the neighborhood. I even wrote weekly crosswords for everyone! I ended up with a screenwriting degree, and I still do some of that too, but I came back to writing prose about three years ago.
Being a mom to four kids is my real, full time job. I write when I have the time. I did write a lot as a kid, but I never thought about growing up to be a writer. It was six or seven years ago that I first started thinking about writing with the idea of someday being published.
Is writing your only job?